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Lakers News: Mitch Kupchak Talks About His Expectations For No. 7 Pick

The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off their worst regular season since moving to California and fans are anxious to see a competitive team on the court. This summer will be a pivotal one for the front office and major changes need to made in order to restore the Lakers’ championship aspirations.

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Los Angeles has the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, and the team is hoping it can snag a player that will help guide the franchise to victories for the next several seasons. However, general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a conference call on Wednesday that he does not necessarily see this year’s draft pick making an immediate impact to the team:

“I wouldn’t say it was bad luck. We were hoping to get lucky but as you know we could have dropped down to number nine. You know, we were hoping to get lucky or in worst case stay where we were, but it could have been worse. And, as far as what Danny said that’s up to him. We think drafting at No. 7 there’s going to be a good player available there. Maybe Danny is talking more about a guy that changes the face of an organization from the get go. But, you know you can’t really evaluate these things until years later when you look back on it. Damian Lillard is a great example. I don’t think anybody thought you know looking through the draft he would turn into a player as quickly as he did. But looking back on it, it’s a heck of a selection. So we’ll be able to get a good player and we’re hoping that three or four years from now we can look back on it, and he’s even better player than we thought.”

Damian Lillard was the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, whereas Harrison Barnes was selected next at the seventh spot — two examples of solid players available towards the end of the lottery. Even though the Lakers will likely miss out on players like Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, there is enough talent in this summer’s draft for the team to pick up an effective rookie at No. 7.

At the end of the day, the front office will make most of its roster changes via free agency and trades. No rookie will realistically turn the Lakers into championship contenders overnight and the best way to do that is to acquire proven veterans who can lead and play alongside Kobe Bryant.
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  • Albert

    I hope Marcus Smart is their at #7 and the Lakers draft Smart.Marcus Smart yay.

    • carew10

      i hope exum eheheh

    • Badazztj12

      Why is everyone obsessed with marcus smart? Yea a combo guard…. with great defense at pg position but wait does he even have the handles of a pg? He has to develop like westbrook did. I mean like damn you guys do not see the potiential in Noah V, rebounding, boxes-out, defense anchor, can play stretch 4, and can post? Damn that’s what you call a good ass pick.

  • hoperhetoric

    Consult Jerry west please!!!! He knows talent! Mitch is just good in trades but not proven yet in talents.

    • J Taylor

      Huh? Did you look at the roster he assembled this year? He took a bunch of former 1st round pick who were struggling and opened a lot of eyes.

      Mitch knows talent, but he doesn’t always get an opportunity to acquire it. In case you haven’t noticed, most of Mitch’s late round draftees are playing somewhere as B-Tier stars and solid contributors.

  • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

    I Would Trade Down Our Pick For The Hawks Two Picks! Then Draft James Young&Zach Lavine Or Just Draft Smart Or Aaron

    • marlou anthony lorica

      no need for the lakers to draft SG,lakers can still resign Young,Meeks and Henry.Besides Bryannt are still in the roster,we need taller ang defensive PG,SF and C,

  • Levi

    Lakers need a coach also and i have a few college coaches in mind that the Lakers should contact and interview.Hiring?1.Shaka Smart 2.Billy Donovan 3.Travis Ford
    4.Jamie Dixon 5.Sean Miller 6.Johnny Dawkins 7.Ben Howland 8.Danny Manning 9.Tom Izzo 10.Cuonzo Martin

    • scott

      #3 Travis Ford hahahaha, that took all seriousness out of your post… hes a recruiter not a head coach….. guy has so much talent but cant do anything with it…. although i like alot of your other coaches but being in OKLA and seeing him day after day and middle school coaching lucky to still be coaching at OSU, worst coaching contract OSU has made recently

  • Adam404402

    Aaron Gordon to lakers perfect fit

    • J Taylor

      Why would you pass on Smart and an immediate solution at PG? A guy who could have been the #1 pick in any other year?
      Why would you pass on Randle and a guy who proved that he could excel on the biggest stage?
      all for a guy who makes everyone think of Blake Griffen, and his exciting but 1-dimensional game?

      • Badazztj12

        Smart defensive COMBO guard.

        Randle has no defense just a hustler and can post. Have you been watching lakers defense recently or the past years??
        1-demensional game? The dude is a freak of nature. He can play LOCKDOWN defense. He can handle. He can pass. He can post a little and this dude can make a instant change to any team who draft him.

  • VillainKing

    Lakers draft Marcus Smart at 7th pick..

    • Badazztj12

      Noah is a better choice

      • dilligas

        this is our chance to fill in the pg void after all these terrible years. draft Smart.

        • Badazztj12

          Smart is not a pg. He is a combo guard. How come you guys don’t see the potiential in Noah….talking to you too VK

      • VillainKing

        No Noah!!Smart is much more better choice for the Lakers..

      • joserizal

        Lakers need PG, Smart exact for lakers

      • J Taylor

        Smart is drawing comparisons to D.Wade.
        Noah is drawing comparisons to Tinsdale.


  • kiinjp24

    exam, smart or embid pls

  • Dilligas

    andrew bynum lol
    i trust you mitch

  • joserizal

    I hope Lakers could pick a better coach and draft pick player like Marcus Smart for this coming NBA season, Lionel Hollins is good choice for head coach and Derick Fisher for assistant coach.

  • J Taylor

    I hope that Mitch has more magic in his sleeve… Otherwise, it’s looking more and more likely that the team’s lack of leadership will bumble the coaching hire. Being slow and patient screams, “can’t make a decision.” And since this coaching quest has started, we’ve seen Kerr, SVG, Ollie, and Calipari drop from the list… Is the team going to get into a bidding war with NYC for Dunleavy?

    It’s very likely, that we get a middling retread, a boring lottery, a slow free agency, and end up with a 40 win team.

    It all starts at the top, and as of now the Leaders are saying “passive” and “can’t make a decision.” How long would Google or Apple be without a CEO? The Lakers are taking 3 months to find their next leader. – To me this screams, “rich kids who, by committee, cant make a decision or are not strong enough to make one.”

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