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Lakers News: Team’s Draft Pick Unlikely To Fall Out Of Top 10

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After Friday night’s tough loss to the San Antonio Spurs, the Lakers became the first team to be officially eliminated from postseason contention.

With only 16 games remaining, the focus of the team now falls on evaluating the young players they have and seeing who they would like to bring back for next season.

Another way the team plans on improving for next season is through the draft, and according to the LA Times’ Eric Pincus, that selection is virtually guaranteed to be in the top 10:

The Lakers rarely find themselves in this position, but the last time they were in the lottery they took Andrew Bynum, who played a key role in the Lakers two championships in 2009 and 2010.

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While their floor is the tenth pick, there are a lot of teams with similar records, so the last few weeks will go a long way towards deciding who will have the best odds of winning the top pick:

With one of the deepest drafts in years, the Lakers will have their pick of a number of players who could step in and immediately help the team.

Kobe Bryant is expecting the Lakers to be contenders next season, making the right draft selection will be crucial towards rebuilding the Lakers back to a contender.
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  • independentbynature

    Embiid is the player the Lakers need in this draft.His upside is through the roof.Once small ball Antoni is gone,defense and rebounding will be relevant again.

    • Zimmeredge

      Embiid will not represent this season.

    • Jess

      An 18yr old who already has several back issues, so much so he was recently in LA to see a back specialists to get a 2nd opinion. I wouldn’t burn a top 5 pick over this guy, more so the top pick overall.

    • Al Haldie

      That would be great except he is already having back problems – he was in L.A. during ALL STAR TIME ..

    • independentbynature

      Health is always a concern and is unpredictable.His talent is not a question mark,though.

      • honestly

        independentbynature, idk which planet you came from but there’s no way we’re going from Bynum’s fucked up knees to Embiid’s fucked up back… NO way.. ZERO, NADA!!

        • independentbynature

          I don’t come from your home planet of Uranus,where your head is,that’s for sure,idiot.No way,is your ability to rattle me.Zero,is your IQ.NADA,is your courtesy.

    • comrade24

      Embiid’s too injury prone, and i’m worried he doesn’t have the size/strength to be a star in the NBA. The person i’m most impressed with is Jabari Parker. The guy has length, strength, is a great on ball defender, blocks shots rebounds on offense and defense, and has a sweet mid range/3pt shot. To me, he looks to be the most NBA ready.

      • independentbynature

        You’re right,Parker is the most NBA ready.But,health issues aside,Embiid has the most potential by far.Bigs with his skill set are just so rare.I think most of you are over-playing the back issues.

        • comrade24

          I think Lakers fans are just weary of big men with pre-existing conditions. Remember the last center we had with a nagging back injury? didn’t end so well. Andrew Bynums knees, Dwight Coward’s back. bad omens.

          • independentbynature

            The draft is always a crap shoot.Bynum did help give us 2 championships,though.I’m OK with anyone of you who can accurately predict the future making the Lakers next draft pick.How many of you qualify?I only know this.A lot of you are going to look stupid if Embiid is healthy.

          • comrade24

            That’s true. I mean look at Greg Oden. He was big in college, looked very nba ready and his knees just didn’t hold up. Consider the people that got drafted before Michael Jordan, or the 12 idiots that didn’t pick Kobe Bryant in the draft. you just never know

          • independentbynature

            A lot of back issues can be overcome.I know this from personal experience.Dwightmare seems to have rebounded nicely from his back surgery.Knee problems are much more serious.That being said,I;m sure every team’s doctors will be scrutinizing every player’s health.I guarantee you that if Embiid is in this draft,he will be taken in the top 3.His size and talent are too good to pass on.

          • comrade24

            I agree. i definitely think top 3 will Wiggins, Parker, and Embiid. I’m just hoping we end up in that top 3 and have a chance at one of them. I just haven’t been impressed with Julius Randle so after that Exum would be a good choice if not in top 3

          • independentbynature

            The team with worst record,doesn’t seem to get the top pick all that often.So,let’s hope for a lucky lottery draw.I’m old school.I know defense and rebounding(the two are linked) win championships.Good bigs are just harder to come by.You can’t teach size.Embiid has only been playing a couple of years.His footwork and versatility are already remarkable.And he has a nasty attitude to his game,too.This is a very deep draft.Any of the top picks are going to be very good.Last year was one of the weakest drafts I’ve seen in some time.This is a good year to have a high pick.If the Lakers get the top pick,the haters and conspiracy theorists will go nuts.That would be a lot of laughs.

          • Zimmeredge

            I have my own sources. Embiid will not represent on the draft this season. He has to refine his game, bulk up, get stronger, tougher, biigger. If he doesn’t his back Will always be a problem. Then he Will be nba Ready. To come into the league Will kill him and his body. Fracture of fatigue in the lower back after 30 games in ncaa and you except this young lad to play 82 games, 30mpg in the big league? Not gonna happen anytime soon. Nevertheless it doesn’t mean he is injury prone but only that he is tired and need to rest.

          • independentbynature

            I guess we’ll soon find out.That would be a shame for the Lakers.But who’s to say they would get him anyway?I am a fan of his game,though and the Lakers really need a big to rebound and play interior defense once they finally get rid of small ball Antoni.Most freshman aren’t ready for the NBA yet.But if you don’t draft them,someone else will.

          • Zimmeredge

            that seems logic but it’s not like he won’t be drafted it’s the buy want to take time. he wants to be patient. who can blame him. that’s my opinion. for me they are for players ready for nba Smart, Wiggins, Parker and Randle. they can handle the game.

          • Chrmngblly

            You too? I don’t ever see Randle’s feet go off the floor. NBA bigs are much faster and stronger.

        • nbatalk

          he is a sam bowie or a Greg odon

          • independentbynature

            No,he is Joel Embiid.And you’re not Nostradamus,either.Or a back specialist or even a medical doctor for that matter.You don’t even know what his diagnosis is and you wouldn’t understand it if you did.

        • Jamell Jenkins

          You obviously don’t watch enough college basketball! To say “by far” is ridiculous! Have you not watched Jabari Parker all season???!!!?? This kid will be a first ballot HOF player if he stays healthy. He’s a “Melo” 2.0- his post game is already better, and he plays defense and rebounds like a power-forward. And we’re not going to even get to his complete offensive game! If you questioned it, you clearly don’t know or watch enough basketball.

          • independentbynature

            I’ve seen him.He’s good.But,most experts are disappointed in his play this year.I’m not,but he certainly didn’t live up to the hype.His ceiling is far lower than Embiid.There is no comparison.

      • DJ

        But the negatives are overpowering to me…at 6’8 has no quickness, not a great athlete, good not great… at 6’8 likes to play with his back to the basket (he’ll get killed if he doesn’t become a very good outside shooter) scouts compare him to Melo… Melo isn’t a great athlete, as you have left out quickness, filling the lane, going to the basket, slow on defensive rotations, with that being said doesn’t mean he wont work on it, just saying that every single Lottery pick wont fix the teams in the lotto, pieces not “the” piece…

  • disqus_aCzvNuGEo8

    Well, I think we end up at 5th position which could mean selecting Dante Exum. Guys, trust me this kid has a lot of potential. He can play as PG or SG, he’s 18yrs old, excellent court vision, athleticism, very good scorer, can play 1 on 1, ability to create his own shots…Would be a good pick, but! As much as I like Gasol, we need him, but also we need some big strong body to defend the paint! Focus on next season have to be also DEFENSE, we need guys like Monroe out there, or… if draft pick, Embiid. But if he goes on draft he will be selecting earlier, before us. Possible starting line up for me next season. Exum – Kobe – Stephenson – Gasol – Monroe, bench: Johnsson, Young, Hill, Matthews (from Portland), Farmar, Meeks, Kaman. I like Henry, Kelly, Rob, Kendall but sorry, there must be some decisions…We will see.

    • Enrique Henry Meza

      WE?

      • disqus_aCzvNuGEo8

        No YOU man!..what a question, 10 points for you!

      • comrade24

        Damn right “we”. We may not make the FO decisions, coach the players, or play in the game, but this game, this league, and this organization could never survive without us as fans filling the seats, rockin’ the kobe jerseys, and watching the games on tv. Lakersnation 4 life

      • ra

        Yes, WE. WE pay the salaries for these guys by 1) going to games, 2) watching them on TV (yes, WE go out and buy the crap that they advertise on commercials, which pays their salaries), 3) buying their crap (T-shirts, hats, etc.). 4) going to their websites, and buying stuff there, or just visiting them and clicking on an Ad.

        Also WE ARE THE LAKERS NATION – we are ‘part of’ the team.

    • Zimmeredge

      his shooting (shot selection, arc, %) are poor. he is a tiny piece of a 6’6 guy. so he won’t nba ready and fit asap.

      • disqus_aCzvNuGEo8

        Mate, have you ever seen him play? (Exum) or you are just searching the stats on the internet. I saw him play on my own eyes and I can tell you that this kid is gonna be huge. Also a lot of NBA scouts state, that he should even end up on TOP3 in this draft. Now, I do know that’s its a business and money plays a big role obvisously. But! We managed to paid players like Kobe, Gasol MTW, Odom, Bynum and still had a room to paid our talented bench. I mean if you are good manager you can do it. Kobe wants, fresh and young bodies, but he also wants some really good players to compete at the same time, he doesn’t want to be a part of rebuild so much. Melo is possibility, but he wants max contract we cant do that otherwise we won’t have a room for players I ve mentioned. I can imagine Pau to go under 10+ even though he still deserve more. He wants be a Laker, he’s gonna be 34yrs after many injuries, he realizes that. Also I can imagine Nashty to take a substantial pay cut. Ok Matthews is under contract, he can be replaced by someone else and OK AGAIN you dont like Monroe’s defensive skills (which he might improve), we still can get Favor, Blatche or other big body just to clog the paint…Or get Rondo now, select Rodney Hood in the draft and get Love next year. I dont want to argue with you, just writing my thoughts. Can you come up with some rosters for next year please?

        • destiny brown

          Draft Smart/Exum, Sign Rudy Gay This Off Season&Lance Stephenson! Resign Hill, Nick, Farmar, Bazemore,Henry,Wesley. Waive Nash&Resign For 1yr 3mil. Sign KLove,& Get Aaron Gordon in the Mid 20′s This Draft. Sign Isaiah Thomas,& Let Pau Leave, Sign Monroe for 3 yr 9mil! Starters: Smart/Exum Kobe Rudy Love Monroe Bench:Nash,Farmar,Nick,Gordon,Hill,Bazemore,Xavier,Isaiah

          • No Shit Sherlock

            We may as well sign Lebron and Melo for the vet’s minimum while we’re at it. Mitch could also possibly pull a trade giving OKC meeks, hill and nash while receiving Westbrook and Durant in return?

            Seems legit.

          • disqus_aCzvNuGEo8

            Sorry but no way…Melo and Lebron certainly dont take veteran minimum and meeks hill and nash for West and Durant? Not even in the NBA2k

          • Zimmeredge

            Even if you waive Nash his contract will still be in the book.

        • Zimmeredge

          The fact is that we couldn’t assemble such a team right now because of the soft cap. If we break the tax rule we wońt be able to get anybody in the fa because we Will be limited. That´s what happen to multiple offenders like us.

    • DJ

      I would love that line up… But how does the salary break down go, with Kobe @24mil, Gasol 10+, Stephenson 10+, Monroe 8+, Nick is definitely is opting out for more money, his going to be 29 this coming season and needs to cash in, Jordan Hill the same will cash in also… the Lakers will go after Melo Free agency, and a sign and trade with Gasol and K. Love… and a guard in the draft…

      • Zimmeredge

        nick has a contract until 2015 for approx a million ;) it’s only a player option. but he is well aware of the situation of the franchise so he either take the option or reject it and take his talent away from LA because we won’t sign him for a huge contract.

  • jeremy

    Lakers should draft either a PG or a big man. I don’t like Marshall and lakers could use either PF or center

    • michael

      we have to go for the bigs. We just have a pricy gasol

      • truth24

        Gasol game has fallen due to the FO ability to hire the right coaches after phil departure. Phil was the only coach able to get the best out of him during his last few years coaching. The year the lakers got swept by Dallas I believe was due to the drama that was in the locker rooms with who and who’s girlfriends. That is another story..

    • truth24

      I agree with you. I’m not gonna be mean tonight but I don’t think lakers want to move forward with marshall. He lacks defense and will just get burned by quicker guards easily I’ve seen it much. Hes offense game is sub par I could care less how many assists he avg I just don’t see him carrying a team like cp3 etc. This is the damn lakers we are talking about here. lakers need someone strong and quick to at least give cp3 and other quick pgs fits.. And yes lakers need a defensive presence to bang with dwight coward and to pretty much be a presence down low that is the lakers ways.

  • quickster007

    Embiid would be the wrong pick. Remember Andrew Bynum whose has that chronic knee problems. Embiid will have that issues with his back. Draft a point guard, Dante Exum. Let Pau walk 19 millions a season will be off the books and pick up his brother Marc Gasol for 15 millions a year. Let Nash walk 9 millions will be off the books. In 2016, when Kobe leaves 24 millions will be off the books. The Lakers can offer a contract to Kevin Durant for 22 millions. The Lakers can also go for Anthony Davis he is currently making 5 millions a season. The Lakers can offer him 8 millions a season. Starting five Marc Gasol at center, Anthony Davis at power forward, Kevin Durant at small forward, Dante Exum at point guard. The Lakers can sign a shooting guard. Lakers don’t sign Embiid with his back problems and it’s going to get worse.

    • independentbynature

      Amazing how many doctors we have here today.And all back specialist,too.

      • DJ

        and they are salary cap gurus also…hell fire Mitch and John Black and hire these guys…

    • DJ

      So you want the Lakers to give Marc Gasol, who has knee injuires 15million, KD 22 million (when no player in the NBA will make over 18million; Kobe’s contract is Grandfathered) Then the Pelicans are just going to let AD go for nothing AND ONLY for 8 million, btw he’ll be restricted…

  • Daniel

    Is Embiid coming out for sure? with his back injury, I am not sure he is a top pick. Maybe he decides to stay in school one more year.
    Lakers have a 2-3 year development project, which means we are not going to have all the pieces next time around.
    Kobe is pushing to be competitive now, to get another ring, but he can push all he wants, that is not going to happen. Kobe should enjoy his 23 Million and play the mentor role, because that is why they keep him.
    The picks will depend on the coach the Lakes have next year. Given how hard it to get a good PG and Good Center, I think the lakers will chose one of those two positions.

    • DJ

      Noel Norlens had a torn acl and was drafted high, Embiid will be fine and will be headed to Bucks or 76ers

  • Marty Susman

    A. IF they speak to K. Irving shall we say under the table & he assures us he will be here in 2015, then we skip a point. If we speak to Love under the table & he assures us he will be here in 2015, then we skip a P.F. If , if, if but the bottom line is simple, where are we after the ping pong ball’s fall. If we are stupid enough t o win ANY more games this year then we might fall to the 10th pick and every player on this page will be gone. Mitch needs to chat with the agents for these kid’s at dinner after a few drinks & then make the pick.We also have Gasol sitting out their in limbo land, Pau might be agreeable to a sign n trade for a pick below say 10 or so & who know’s if Kobe is angry enough about the team & Phil Etc he might demand (BEG) for a trade & that could without question bring us a ton of say Philly’s picks or the Suns or maybe let Jackson do his mumbo jumbo & gather the picks for us & take Kobe…. Bottom line is it’s to early to be sure…By the way, I have/am watching great basketball now & the ONLY player I have seen that has played great today was Garry Harris of Michigan State. Duke, Kentucky Etc so far have not shown me a player who is a top 3 pick…

  • roseducanna

    LAKERS need a center, sign GASOL and give him go to PF along side with new center.

    • michael

      but not for 20 mio

  • Leonel CuffyoChick Pierre

    his health can always get better

  • vdogg

    a healthy embiid would be a fantastic piece to build around for years to come. if not, i like exum. the lakers’ need a top 4 pick in this draft. if they draft within the first four selections, they are almost guaranteed to get a game-changing talent. that is, of course, if all these guys elect to come out (exum for sure, wiggins is almost a lock.. not sure about parker and embiid).

    • Zimmeredge

      Exum is a mystery. Too much uncertainty about him. He won’t be a game changer talent right away because he Will Come into the league like Kobe. Not nba fit. He Will have to learn How to play the game. Not a top 5 probably not even a top a 10. Too risky for many teams who expect a change right away.

      • vdogg

        you’re kidding yourself. he will absolutely go top 10 and likely way before that. the upside on this kid is through the roof. yes, he won’t contribute heavily right away, but as a 6’6″ PG he may be too good to pass up.

      • vdogg

        and btw, what team drafting that high — outside of the lakers, of course, because of kobe’s small window — expects a “change right away”?

        • Zimmeredge

          we, above all the other teams, need a change. I mean Utah, Bucks, Philly have more time to rebuild because they have less expectations…

          • vdogg

            i know, that’s what i said. but there are 9 other teams in the top 10 besides the lakers. you said “many” other teams did not want to wait for a player like exum to develop.

          • Zimmeredge

            sorry that was mistake. i wanted to say that generally if a team is willing to change right away you don’t put your money on developing a player with all the uncertainty that surrounds developing a mystery men. it’s a risky bet.
            that’s the reason why i think he will be out of the top 10. not because he’s not talented. but nobody scouted the boy this season. so it’s blank shot because we can’t compare him to the 4-5 best youngster in 2014 draft or even judge him. i might be wrong but’s that’s pov.

      • jeremy

        If we got exam dude could learn a lot from Kobe and if we keep him farmar could teach. Mystery or not I would take him over can’t score Marshall. But my first choice would. Be a big man. Pg we can fix down the road. Lakers won’t win if we cant play d

        • Zimmeredge

          Embiid was in LA. Exum too. I think that would absolutely ridiculous if Mitch or Kobe didn’t say hello ;)

          • DJ

            Dante has Kobe’s agent right? and he’s been at most of Lakers home games.. I know he lives here (L.A)

          • Zimmeredge

            I’m well aware of that. But in the mean Time Mitch is scouting wiggins and most certainly Parker. Imo they are preparing something huge with the upcoming draft and also in 2015 when embiid Will represent.
            You have to remember that a lot of things can happen after the workouts, the interview etc etc not all the players want to be #1. Some even don’t care about being in the lottery as long as they play in the right franchise at the right moment. Exum already explained that he has no reason to play in a subpar/none winning franchise (except the celtics and the Lakers they are only subpar franchise in the lottery). He just have to mess up with his interview, tryouts/workouts and he Will end up out of the top 10, even out of the lottery with a bad reputation. Then He Will screw up things with his franchise, telling that he Will never play with them just like Kobe did with the charlotte hornets in ordre to rally the Lakers. It´ll all end in a trade for a player.

          • DJ

            Any player can do exactly what you said could happen to Dante, he is well versed and educated seen him in a few interviews… and Kobe never said he wouldn’t play for charlotte…. he was trade to the Lakers due to the Hornets needing a big… and NO ONE knew Kobe was going to be Kobe(except for Jerry)… and every college player wants to be a lottery pick if not number 1 overall…ridiculous statement.

          • Zimmeredge

            that’s just wrong. kobe did try out for the clippers for example and the celtics but he didn’t wanted to play there. philly was an option as he was seen as a potential number one but he didn’t want to play there. and of course philly got AI instead of him. but Kobe never had the intention to play in Charlotte he knew he couldn’t grab anything in this franchise. he knew west’s plan because as you might not know it, franchise not only scouts the talent but chat with them through the sponsors, the agents, i mean players can talk together too. that’s how you create the “hype” around a player. all those guys have agent to place them in a franchise that put them in places where they know they can win titles, individual accolades, or earn a lot of win. the number one spot is nor the lottery are target for all the players…. i mean kobe has the opportunity to be #1 but he screwed up his interview with philly because he knew that if he joined a certain team they could put up a trade for him… West wanted and Kobe wanted the Lakers from day one. he had to make some effort to get what he wanted.

          • DJ

            Okay I think you maybe confused, Kobe has stated in many interviews that Magic was he’s favorite player growing up; Kobe wasn’t even on the 76ers radar, they were drafting AI without doubt. Kobe was not in position to dictate where he was going to be drafted nonetheless to be traded on draft day back in 1996.. Kobe was drafted 12 overall and was even mentioned to be in the top 5 picks so #1 overall was out the question. And all top lotto draft picks try out for the teams they have been doing it since the lottery was invented and they scouted like they still are today. Go back google NBA DRAFT 1996 and look at the players drafted before Kobe… he was not EVER going to be drafted in that class…

            1996 NBA Draft
            1st Round

            First Round Player College
            1. Philadelphia Allen Iverson Georgetown
            2. Toronto Marcus Camby Massachusetts
            3. Vancouver Shareef Abdur-Rahim California
            4. Milwaukee (a) Stephon Marbury Georgia Tech
            5. Minnesota (a) Ray Allen Connecticut
            6. Boston (from Dallas) Antoine Walker Kentucky
            7. LA Clippers Lorenzen Wright Memphis
            8. New Jersey Kerry Kittles Villanova
            9. Dallas (from Boston) Samaki Walker Louisvile
            10. Indiana (from Denver) Erick Dampier Mississippi State
            11. Golden State Todd Fuller North Carolina State
            12. Cleveland (from Wash.) Vitaly Potapenko Wright State
            13. Charlotte Kobe Bryant Lower Merion HS
            14. Sacramento Predrag Stojakovic PAOK (Greece)
            15. Phoenix Steve Nash Santa Clara
            16. Charlotte (from Miami) Tony Delk Kentucky
            17. Portland Jermaine O’Neal Eau Claire HS
            18. New York (from Detroit) John Wallace Syracuse
            19. New York (from Atlanta) Walter McCarty Kentucky
            20. Cleveland Zydrunas Ilgauskas Lithuania
            21. New York Dontae Jones Mississippi State
            22. Vancouver (from Houston) Roy Rogers Alabama
            23. Denver (from Indiana) Efthimis Rentzias PAOK
            24. LA Lakers Derek Fisher Arkansas-Little Rock
            25. Utah (b) Martin Muursepp BC Kalev Tallinn
            26. Detroit (from San Antonio) Jerome Williams Georgetown
            27. Orlando Brian Evans Indiana
            28. Atlanta (from Seattle) Priest Lauderdale Peristeri (Greece)
            29. Chicago Travis Knight Connecticut

          • Zimmeredge

            kobe was #13 overall. no philly considered to draft him number one because he was a philly boy and his response was “no way i gonna play for philly” West got in touch with Kobe and convinced him that he had his place in LAL for the future if he choose to get drafted later. that’s what happened. Everybody knew he was the true #1 in the draft but West, somehow, convinced him.

            if the lakers really want Exum, and if Exum wants the Lakers they will find a way to load the dice… We have to wait until we now the lottery. I believe we can have two first round pick. We have Nick Young on a 1m$ PO so we can get a first rounder for him. We even have Steve Nash maybe that time the toronto link will work out this summer but I doubt Masai is a stupid guy.

      • DJ

        I agree with that, I will go as far as say that none of these guys are ready to play in the NBA….

        • Zimmeredge

          I would say none but exum will spend a lot of time in the D-league imo to get used to the nba. find a decend shot. get bigger etc etc.
          but Smart, Wiggins, Parker and Randle are probably ready to play in the NBA.

          • DJ

            Wiggins is going to be one of those guys who will be better in the NBA than college; Marcus can not shoot at all he has actually gotten worse and he’s a tweener, not a pg more of a 2 guard but again cant shoot. Randle needs to develop his right hand (going to the right)… what are your thoughts on A. Gordon, Marcus Paige, PG from CUSE??? if the Lakers fall in that 5-9 range these are more likely their picks, with Dante being that pick…

          • Zimmeredge

            We Will be top five no question about this. Marcus can’t shoot he is hell of a good player on defense. He has the energy to form a pair with Kobe. Helping him on defense. Shooting will increase in Time don’t worry about this. Look at Walker or Lilliard thèse young lads are no exceptionnal at shooting yet they’re making a tremendous job on offense. He is an upgrade compared to what we have right now imo. And he is most certainly a winner and a leader.
            Randle needs to get better but he has a lot of room for improvment. Court vision, right hand, develop a shooter. Basically he will come into the like Blake griffin. Blake was a tomahawk guy for 2-3 seasons. Look at him now. People olé he would never evolved then he spent most summer with mailman. His power, his body and athleticism for a guy of his size. His body control and concentration under the board, the fact that eh he’s eating the glass night in night out and his outstandind left hand propel him straight into the top five imo. If we get Monroe i’m positive that their duo could be deadly.

          • DJ

            Marcus Smart isn’t a leader, just look how he lost his cool numerous of times this season alone… D.Lilliard always could shoot from the outside and Kemba walker could too, so not sure where you got that from… back to smart, he isn’t a winner nor could he lead his team last year and this year…again he shot 29% last year and is worse this year… he isn’t a pg he’s a 2 guard who cant shoot, his d is just okay not good…. Randle isn’t no where near the athlete Blake is.. he is another Al Jefferson and will top out at that (which is still good).. he is only 6’9 he’ll be going against men much bigger, faster and stronger than he is, though he’ll grow… you stated that Randle has a good right hand, well scouts say he’s left hand dominant and needs sorely too develop a right hand…

          • Zimmeredge

            no where near the athlete Blake is… you mean right NOW…. 3-4 years ago he was not the man he was right now. he did not get into the league and play like he is right now. he is still an unfinished product… 5 years into the league. But when he got into the league he was just like Randle a man who could only score highlight dunks, only his right hand, his athleticism, speed, quickness, jump and strong finish inside.
            as for smart… do i have to show you Walker and Lillard and how they did play. Smart is in his second season OSU. Take Walker and Lilliard in their second year and get back to me. :)
            and yearh Smart is not a cold blooded silent assassin. he’s got a lot of temper and character and that’s what leaders should be made of. he’s leading by spirit. no one scares him. I think he will be a must get but not for the Lakers.

          • DJ

            Randle doesn’t play above them rim, he is NOT the athlete blake is.. and he has not developed any go to moves going to the right… he is left dominate… read the scouting report..

            NBA Comparison: Derrick Coleman

            Strengths: Strong body … Has a high skill level for a high
            school sophomore … Excels at facing up and putting the ball on the floor …
            Very good finisher around the basket … Can step out and hit shots all the way
            to college 3pt. range … Can play with his back to the basket but prefers face
            up game … A good kid with a great work ethic …

            Weaknesses:
            While very solid, especially considering his age, not a jaw dropping
            physical specimen type of athlete … Doesn’t play on the box as much as he
            should, too perimeter oriented. Should focus a little more on refining his post
            game which will really be his bread and butter as he gets older … Settles for
            too many jumpers at times instead of imposing his will inside … Too left hand
            dominant. Needs to work at using his right hand better …

            Notes:
            Considered by many to be the top player in the 2013 class … Measured
            6’9 (in shoes) 243 lbs, with a 6’10 wingspan at the 2011 LeBron James Skills
            Academy … Measured 6’10 (in shoes) 240 lbs, with a 6’11 wingspan at the 2012
            LeBron James Skills Academy … Measured 6’9 (in shoes) 248 lbs, with a 6’11
            wingspan and 8’9.5 reach at the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit

          • Zimmeredge

            he has an amazing left hand… so basically he has a go to move…
            what was Blake Griffin strenghts and weaknesses… see how he developed. and the same thing can happen too all these young players that I listed above. They are unfinished JUST LIKE ALL THE CURRENT STARS WHERE THEY CAME INTO THE LEAGUE…

          • DJ

            Marcus Smart:

            NBA Comparison: Dwyane Wade/Jason Kidd

            Strengths: Combo guard with a team oriented, winner’s
            mentality. A strong, determined competitor … Tremendous versatility and feel
            for the game … Creativity. Great vision and passing ability. A natural
            playmaker. Strong one on one skills. Adept at creating shots for himself and
            others … Strong shooting ability with a polished pull up jumper. Textbook form
            on his shot. Generates a nice rhythm on catch and shoot getting good elevation.
            Elbow extended. High release point. Consistent mechanics. Deep range …
            Consumate leader … Unselfish passer …. Seems to always be a step ahead of
            his competition. Great anticipation … Extremely confident … A tank. Strong
            frame and enjoys using his physicality to overpower opponents … Can take the
            ball into traffic and finish with contact … Explosive leaping off 2 feet …
            Shows a willingness to get after it on the defensive end. Takes pride in being a
            guy that can lock you down defensively. Quick hands lead to a lot of steals …
            Polished and advanced all around skills. Has a chance to be a difference maker
            the instant he steps on the floor for the Cowboys …

            Weaknesses: Solid athlete, but not spectacular. Not the
            quickest or most explosive guard … Not likely to finish above the rim in
            traffic, but utilizes his athleticism well … Uses hustle, brains and will
            power over sheer athletic prowess … Lateral speed isn’t the best … Doesn’t
            have a precise fit at either guard position. Undersized at the 2 and not a pure
            PG. A combo guard in every sense … Can be a little too ball dominant at times.
            But that comes with the territory in high school when you’re the star player …
            Needs to learn how to run off of screens and play off the ball a little better,
            for times when he’s asked to play the 2 position …

            Notes: Developed a reputation in high school for being one
            of the strongest competitors and top guard prospects …

  • jeremy

    If i was GM I would start over get a new center like the free agent piston center, bring back hill,Meeks farmar and the SFs and draft either a pg or PF. I would love Kyle Anderson if we had another pick but we don’t

    • Zimmeredge

      Greg Monroe? yeah i think he is good. good enough to produce like Gasol right now at least. he shares a lot of his game in detroit so he doesn’t have enough freedom. but Monroe is more of a offensive versatile center.
      i would go after mister triple/double Lance Stephenson.

      • jeremy

        Yea Monroe I like him well if he more offense then we should draft defense at PF. I just think lakers need a fresh start new coach and new team just bring back the players that can help like hill,Meeks,farmar and the SFs young and bazmore.

        • Zimmeredge

          yeah that’s my opinion. bu we shouldn’t go on a full spending spree too much this summer. we have to be smart because of 2015.
          a lot can happen especially if the heat is not winning.
          Thomas or Stephenson for you?

          • jeremy

            How much would he cost he makes like 4 a year. I think 8 mill a year for 3 years could work. That a lot less then we payed pau

          • Zimmeredge

            Stephenson? merely on a single million dollar per season but is expected to get 10m at maximum.
            sure more defense. a better coach.
            for me we should focus on Parker, Wiggins and Randle. we have centers on the market and good point guard on the market.

          • jeremy

            I was thinking Monroe but I would take Thomas if we don’t get a PG with the pick. Then sign Meeks or Stephenson. But seem like guys don’t want to leave the pacers

          • Zimmeredge

            oh i’m sure he will leave… Larry Bird gave Paul George a max contract. and the problem is that if he tests the market and have +10m$ contract the pacers will struggle to give him that. but Larry Bird is a magician.

          • jeremy

            Well lakers got 11 to 12 spots to fill so I wonder what the lakers will do. But first thing I think it time for a new coach. Lakers been nothing but a mess since mike came. Lakers need a defense first coach

          • Zimmeredge

            talked about this matter with mister peek the other day. Sloan, Karl, Hollins, Del Negro, Scott are good, available coaches but they also have their own downside.
            Nash, Bryant, Sacre, Marshall, Farmar, Young, Bazemore, Johnson, Kelly, Meeks and maybe Hill. add two players from the fa and one from the draft and we are ready roll basically.

          • jeremy

            I’m not big on Marshall dude struggle with shooting and his shot doesn’t work so well in the nba but he is a good assist man. Everyone else I wouldn’t mind back. Maybe not Nash just because he can’t stay health anymore. Isn’t Nate McMillan out there. With the right talent I think he could be a decent coach

          • Zimmeredge

            mcmillan is in Indiana right now.
            that’s the reason why I wanna keep Kendall on the bench. because he is a good assist guy. not injury prone. he has the potential to lead our B team plus he is a decent spot up shooter from three. i mean Marshall-Meeks-Bazemore-Kelly-Hill that’s a great bench full of good role player plus shooter. Plus with we have Farmar, Nash, Young, Johnson.
            I can see that our needs are at the pg position and at center position. we have to fill the voids from the fa. then we need our draft pick in between those position. so Parker, Wiggins or Randle. Randle could form a great duo with Monroe. he has the athleticism to defend on 3 and 4 thanks to his quickness on D. And because Monroe is a decent mid distance shooter, Randle could operate in the paint get those O-board.
            Parker and Wiggins can both plays 2 to 4th position imo. Wiggins has a huge wingspan and Parker too. and they can both attack in and out.

          • DJ

            I understand you on KMarsh shooting, but he can fix that, remember when Tony Parker came into the NBA he couldn’t shoot whatsoever, the spurs even wanted to trade him for Kidd.. that summer when he came back he had that floater and able to hit the outside .. Kmarsh is a passing machine once he gets on the court with Kobe (not saying he’ll start) but his asst will go up… and he’s cost efficient…

          • DJ

            I seen Sloan being honored in Utah, idk if he will be up to coaching at the age he is.. Karl and Kobe really don’t like nor get along, never really have.. I’m thinking B.Scott will be the choice though all the coaches you listed are good..

          • destiny brown

            I Agree, Except Sacre, Marshall,&Meeks(Too Many Guards), Keep Farmar, Young, Bazemore, Johnson, Henry, Hill,&Gasol(Paycut) Sign Isaiah Thomas(2yr4mil) Rudy(3yr 15mil),&Lance(2yr6mil). Love 3yr 15mil, Sign Al-Fariq Aminu. Draft Randle,&Aaron Gordon. Starters: Farmar, Kobe, Rudy, Love, Gasol

            Bench: Thomas,Bazemore,Nick,Randle,Hill, Johnson, Xavier,&Aminu,&Nash

          • Zimmeredge

            You can’t let to jodie after the season he is having.

          • DJ

            Why would Isaiah sign for 2 million a year when he’s expect to make at least 6 or 7 on the open market? Rudy Gay is making 17 million for another 2 years, he’s not taking 5 mil, Lance will easily get 8-10 million a year.. and Kevin Love is a max contract guy and he will easily get 15-17 million without a doubt…and how are the Lakers going to draft Randle and Gordon when they both will be lottery picks and the Lakers only will have 1 top ten pick???? Sacre isn’t a guard, the Kings aren’t giving away Rudy, timberwolves aren’t giving away Love…

  • jeremy

    Let get IT from the kings if kings don’t want him. Him and farmar could be perfect. IT could score and farmar could be the assist man. Then just focus on the front court

  • Ed

    Wouldn’t it be great if the Lakers ended up with the number 1 pick. The haters and the conspiracy nuts will all go crazy. Remember when the Knicks won the number one pick and got Patrick Ewing?????

    • jeremy

      I would love that but any top 10 pick would be fine with me.

      • Ed

        We need a lot more than a top 10 pick, though

        • Zimmeredge

          what about two top ten via trade?

          • Ed

            Where is the second pick coming from?

          • Zimmeredge

            with a sign and trade.

          • Ed

            Lakers don’t have anyone to trade. Only three are signed for next year and no one else is worth a first rounder.

          • Zimmeredge

            the principle of a sign and trade is that you resign a player and then you trade him.

          • Ed

            There are no players on the entire roster worth a first round pick other than Kobe. None, nada, zip.

          • jeremy

            I wouldn’t mind trading sacre for a late first to 2nd round pick. Unless we get a coach who could use him right

          • Ed

            Sacre for a late first round pick??? Dream on.

          • Zimmeredge

            he wrote 2nd round…
            btw we have a second round already, have we?

          • jeremy

            No I believe we only have one pick

          • jeremy

            I know it a dream but you never know with teams these days

          • vdogg

            for who — pau? no one is going to bite on that. not for a top 10 pick, anyway.

          • Zimmeredge

            Nick Young?

          • Ed

            Dream on.

          • Zimmeredge

            maybe i am or maybe not. the guy played well he has value on the market.

          • michael

            we can’t trade young. Or better we shouldn’t. This kid is way to good and we have no guarantee we don’t draft an Oden.

      • jeremy

        Lakers need defense and more defense and a new coach. The off season is filled with good role players

  • Daniel

    How about getting more first round picks? Sign Gasol and Meeks, package them for a early first round pick. Phoenix has plenty of picks and they just need a few pieces to make it happen next year.
    Lakers can do the same thing with Hill and Nick Young. Gasol is a solid PF in a team that need an extra push, and the other players have shown to be solid bench players.
    Gasol has no place with lakers, maybe he can play another year, but that is it. Hill will not be with the Lakes anyway next year, and Young and Meeks have over been achievers this year due to MD systems that really favors their game.

    • jeremy

      Lakers will be lucky to get picks. Laker wouldn’t just take any picks for gasol. So lakers won’t just take any picks. Plus alone only maybe young and gasol will get a first. Meek could get you maybe a late to 2round pick and hill second round pick. Package them together you could get some first round pick I think

      • Zimmeredge

        Nash’s contract is F-ing burden. 9m$ would give us a huge boost.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    All i keep hearing and reading is the Lakers are starting from scratch this summer.Well in that case we should draft Andrew Wiggins if we get the #1 pick by winning the NBA draft lottery.If we pick #2 and Wiggins is gone then lets draft Jabari Parker since he is a scoring machine and he can rebound also he will possibly win rookie of the year unless Wiggins or Smart win it.

    If Lakers pick #3 then Dante Exum is the guy to pick.If the Lakers pick #4 Joel Embiid is the project center to get.If the Lakers pick #5 Marcus Smart is the easy choice,he might be the next Derrick Rose and he plays defense like a prime Gary Payton,he is a steal at #5 i would consider him at #2 tbh.At #6 Julius Randle is the choice.At #7 draft Noah.

    • Zimmeredge

      Your draft is pretty damn close to reality. Except exum Will screw the draft to go somewhere more flashy. He Will target celtics or Lakers and nothing less imo. He will load the dice just to get want he wants. Many of those great young talents are not interested in playing for lets philly or the bucks right now. Celtics, Lakers, Orlando Will get the best of top five. Then Sacto and Utah. Then philly, bucks. Eventhough they have a worst record.
      I mean wiggins in bucks? Parker in philly? They Know that celtics and Lakers are not going to be there in the lottery for maybe a decade so they won’t pass that chance. Once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of the rebuilding process of a lengendary franchise.

    • DJ

      Marcus Smart the next D.Rose really??? have you seen Marcus play he isn’t the best player on his team now…Markel Brown is… Keith Appling will go before Smart does easily, so will the pg from ‘Cuse…

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Damn this topic is garnering a lot of attention as we have only the draft and off season to focus in on now i know what it’s like to be a Clippers fan all those years oh Kobe used that line already oh my bad lol.

  • Kiom

    Just don’t fuck up this draft choice retard Jimmy Short Buss.Damn this is stupid.

  • Kiom

    Jim Buss and the Lakers don’t get the pick in time so they lose the pick.They trade the pick for cash considerations and a bag of skittles.Jim Buss is a big retard.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Rodney Hood is a player worth drafting if the Lakers get pushed out of the top 6.Also Marcus Smart played great after his suspension,i really want Wiggins but Smart is pretty much my guy right now in this draft.Would love Smart tbh.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    This draft is huge we need a franchise player,i want Andrew Wiggins!

    • jeremy

      He would be nice but lakers have bigger needs then a wing player. Lakers need a PG or a big man. I think lakers would be fine with bazemore and young at Sf. Lakers struggle to guard the rim and struggle when they had no healthy PG

  • Daniel

    Guys, he NBA now is a completely different scenario, and it is going to keep changing. NBA teams will have to develop slowly, most of it through the draft an smart, out of the blue signings, ad the addition of maybe 1-2 big free agency contracts.
    So as a results of that, Lakers as any other team has to invest heavily on scouting, mainly abroad. Why don’t you check how far the lottery picks did the spurs drafted Ginobili and Parker? That is classic example of what is coming up.
    Big free spending budgets are over, unless you are the moron that owns the Nets.

  • Johnny

    Screw what Kobe wants. It’s cleaning house time.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    The draft will depend on free agency.Like for example the Lakers plan on getting Kevin Love for sure in 2015 then they will draft a Point Guard or Wing Player.Or if they plan on getting Eric Bledsoe they won’t draft a Point Guard.Or if they plan on keeping Pau Gasol they won’t need a Center but probably a guard.It’s all about free agency what the Lakers do in the draft.But maybe just go for best available talent that works out most the time in the NBA.I am not excited for the draft.

    • Jim213

      The other way around. The draft will take place in the last week of June. While FA starts in July, if they can’t draft a top 4 player b/c Embiid is not coming out IMO. Best to draft a big (hopefully, Randle PF) and trade him and another player (don’t believe Pau will agrree to a sign and trade) to the Wolves) to the Wolves for Love (position for position).

      Since Love has been with the Wolves they haven’t made the playoffs as giving them a prospective player like ex. Randle may sweeten the deal than risk Love being traded before deadline or becoming a FA in 2015. Pretty should Phil in NY will have an eye on him too as that could be a possible destination for Love too.

      Otherwise, they’ll be losing out in not attaining a top pick and going with a sure thing Love who would help fill one of the team’s weakest positions.

      • kobe24

        In a situation where Lakers get a top 5 draft pick, why would you trade the pick for Kevin Love? Sure Kevin Love is good and could make Lakers a instant contending team with Kobe Bryant there is no guarantee that he will stay after 1 year.

        • Jim213

          It depends on their draft spot but if they end up drafting 5th and after they should try. Don’t observe some of these players as franchise players and it’ll take 3-5 years? for them to develop to observe their true worth.

          It’s not a sure gamble that many of these prospects will end up as franchise players (Gordon, Vonleah, etc). If FO doesn’t make moves in the off season it’s likely they’ll end up with a similar season as 2013-2014.

          Although, I’d prefer Anthony Davis it’s too far down the line to wait and while the team keeps stinking if changes are made. Love would help in one of the team’s weakest positions and would be an immediate help to this team who lacks consistent starters.

          But if FO waits until 2015FA then there’s a big chance Love may opt to go to another team like the Knicks if he’s persuaded enough and assuredof future success. Pretty sure the Knicks will be eyeing Lebron too, and given FO’s track record of finalizing deals it’d be best to avoid the gambling game with this FO.

          Jim has fired many FO staff these past years which goes for scouts, equipment manager’s, while including Kupcake’s staff too (etc… etc). Kupcake’s contract is up this year too and given all the issues with the FO which includes Buss family members occupying offices at the FO which goes for Jackson’s former office not certain if Kupcake will want to remain with this FO.

          Although, likely kept quiet believe that Kupcake doesn’t have confidence on the staff which goes for Buss family members (Too many family members in a business is bad news as evidence shows). Hear the Blazers and other team’s have shown serious interest in acquiring Mitch for their own GM position(s). But who’d be the one pitching to free agents this off season if mitch doesn’t decide to return Jim Buss?! (brand is screwed then for sure).

      • jeremy

        Why trade the player if love comes who he play with if he stay and Kobe gone. You keep the player you draft and build the future with him and if love comes he comes. It smarter to keep the pick then trade it. This is a team game and there no sign Kobe health will ever be the same. So it be dumb to trade the young player

        • Jim213

          DEPENDS ON THE SELECTION. Kobe doesn’t care who they draft he just wants to WIN! If their preferred picks fall out of your TOP choices then it’d be good to consider other options to help turn things around.

          Do you believe Love would come to LA in 2015 if they have nothing going for them aside of a possible prospect? You probably though DH was a sure guarantee to return to the Lakers SMH. All I’m saying is that all options should be considered if things don’t pan out accordingly come draft time. Which means that the draft IMO should be an indicator to the FO’s possible moves.

          • Zimmeredge

            a lot will happen this summer.
            nba finals (three amigo might part ways if they don’t threepeat)>draft>fa.
            also coaching change.
            the ability to get K.Love this summer are none existent imo even with a good player out of the draft. Earning 15m$ a year. franchise player and all star in minny so they won’t let him go for a BIG counterpart this summer. Even #1 won’t be enough so very unlikely to happen.
            And of course that kind of move will leave our team with no freedom in 2014 fa as we will still have to get a pg and a center to fill the void as we have no center at the moment for next season and only 2pg (Marshall is the only healthy guy pg that we have, farmar injury prone, nash is a 9m$ joke)

          • Jim213

            Possible but people shouldn’t buy into all the hoopla that FO will make big things happen in 2015. But time will tell…

          • Zimmeredge

            15 is not a major concern for me as we have Nash going out of the books. that’s 10m$ available for 15.
            yeah patience is the key but summer 2014 is pivotal a lot of things will happen.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I rather the Lakers be in the playoffs.Too much BS is involved with the draft all this stupid tanking and all this ping pong balls stuff is just dumb.Hopefully the Lakers get a top 3 pick and draft a great player.But i will only get excited if we have a top 3-5 pick hopefully number 1 pick.This draft stuff is too much tbh i rather just see the Lakers make the playoffs but they are out already so i will be ready for the draft.Yes the number one pick will be what gets me super excited otherwise IDK.Top 3 and i will be very happy.But a screwy pick like #7 or #8 yawn MEH.

    • jeremy

      What wrong with a pick higher then the top 5. Last time we had a lottery pick lakers got Bynum and 2 rings after that

  • Thabeet and Bowie 2

    Only an idiot would draft Embiid given the red flags out there already. He missed the conference tournament and will miss the first week of March Madness. Drafting him would be like still sitting by the shore even after you’ve seen the shoreline recede by a mile an hour ago.

  • aristole30

    jerry west will be next to head coach

  • aristole30

    next general maneger will be magic johnson

  • aristole30

    mitct kupchak will be out for the team

  • aristole30

    we need legimate point guard n legimate big man has a center

  • aristole30

    like bill russel n wilt chamberlain n shaq n jabaar style of brand of play

  • aristole30

    in short we need domonant big man center

    • vdogg

      first learn engish.

      THEN post.

      at the moment, your command of the language is far from “legimate”, much less “domonant”.

      • Heisenberg

        English. The word is English asshole.

        • vdogg

          haha. point taken. i stand corrected, and i deserve that.

  • trevithan

    trade the pick and get klov now. then get melo

  • Kev

    Jabari Parker is the sure shot deal if the Lakers can land him. His fundamentals are solid and he can create his own shot and has great length that will be an advantage on O and D in the pros. Also his time with coach K will prepare even more so for the NBA.

  • Kay Carter

    im a UNC fan so i always defended Marshall, but for tha last few weeks…he haven’t done a damn thing smh that’s why i think we need to draft a good pg who can defend and have good court vision, either a pg or big man is what we need

    We don’t need players like Wiggins or Parker since we have too many wing players smh for those who keep saying Parker’s name

    • Zimmeredge

      we will draft Parker or Wiggins and i’ll tell why real quick… we do not have any wing player for next season except Nick Young and it’s only a player option so he might not be there next season.
      Bazemore, Young, Meeks, Johnson are the only projected guard/forward that might remain with the Lakers. We might use Young as a trade bait to get another first rounder so we are left with 3 guard.forward.

      • Kay Carter

        why go draft a rookie that’s a G/F when there’s plenty of them in FA like Deng, Ariza (who are better)……..We have bazemore, Johnson, Young at F

        Why would Mitch target a F in the draft? With Kobe, Meeks nd possibly X at Guard able to play SF

        • Zimmeredge

          Deng and Ariza are way too expensive regarding our cap situation because they are top of the crop. And, of course, they will resign in their current franchise.
          Xavier won’t be back, way too irregular. And as I told you in my previous argument Nick Young might be used as a trade bait.

          • Kay Carter

            Not if he opts out, then how will they use Young as trade bait? Deng is expensive but is also aging, not to mention he’s on the Cavs so why will he resign with them? especially since he got traded there?……Ariza isn’t expensive, his contract is only 7-9 mil but he may resign with a better wizards team, but it has been reported he wants to come back to L.A. but way things looking, he may stay in D.C.

            X may not come back, we need help in the pg spot with an injured prone Farmer/Nash nd Marshall not doing so good, why would FO not look into getting a PG???? since it looks like they not firing MDA who system needs a PG

  • LAKERSKOBE-EMBIID

    I AM HOPING THAT WE LOSE ALL OF OUR REMAINING GAMES THIS SEASON SO WE CAN SECURE A TOP 4 pick bottom is 7 and has a 12% landing a top overall…

  • Ryan Edwards

    i hope they pick dante exum

  • Jamell Jenkins

    I can’t believe nobody is talking about Jabari Parker! This guy is not only the best freshman, I truly believe he’s the best player in the country. Embiid can’t stay on the court; Andrew Wiggins is erratic; Julius Randall is a beast, but he’s slightly under-sized to dominate the NBA the way he does college players; Dough McDermott is a”college” beast, but he’s another Tyler Hansborough and Jimmer Ferdette. I just hope they get a top three pick because they can’t go wrong with either. I would hate to see Jabari Parker go to the fucking Bucks or Utah. I really hope the NBA Riggs draft like they did with Cleveland and Chicago to give them Kyrie Irvin and Derrick Rose so the Lakers could get the top pick.

  • Laker Illuminati

    Embiid is nice but ne’s hurt too much. He was in Santa Monica last month getting opinions on his back. He may not even come out this year sources say. Paker is the guy and the kid from Arizona. Philly will not pass on Andrew Wiggins. The LAker have to do thier homework and KEEP JIM BUSS OUT FOR THE DRAFT PROCESS! Let Mitch and his staff work thier MOJO on this years draft.

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