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Lakers Rumors: Lakers ‘Really Like’ Noah Vonleh With No. 7 Pick

On Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Lakers headed to the NBA draft lottery in New York with the sixth best chance to land the number one overall pick. Unfortunately for the team, the Lakers dropped a spot and will have the seventh pick in this year’s highly anticipated draft.

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With Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, and Dante Exum likely off the board by the time of the Lakers’ pick, many are wondering what direction the team will take. According to Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding, the Lakers really like Noah Vonleh from Indiana University:

“I know they really like Vonleh [...] he’s a guy Lakers are already infatuated with and if he’s there at number seven, I think he’s their guy.”

To many, Vonleh has one of the highest upsides of any player in the draft as he possesses excellent athleticism and can score from the low post and outside. As a result, his stock has improved and may not be available for the Lakers in June.

For the Lakers, most had hoped for at least a top-three pick where they could have drafted most likely the next face of the franchise after Kobe Bryant’s final two seasons or even trading the pick for an established All-Star like Kevin Love. While a lot can happen from now until the draft, Los Angeles will have to evaluate all of their options.

With the Lakers now knowing what pick they have in the draft, they are likely going to pursue the next head coach of the historic franchise.
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  • Lawrence

    I watched his 2014 highlights on You Tube and he has some Hakeem Olajuwon type post moves and he is quick for his size and a great outside shooter in the Chris Bosh mold.His defense and rebounding reminds me of Hakeem Olajuwon.I am infatuated with Noah Vonleh myself.His combine numbers were great.He is a top notch big man from day 1.I see a bunch of All Star appearances.

    • Leonel CuffyoChick Pierre

      i agree with everything you just said. The first players i pictured when i saw him was Hakeem

    • jay

      if he’s so great, how come it was the first time in years Indiana didnt make the tournament? and stay away from just highlights posted on youtube, actually watch the entire game he played in. those highlights mask his faults. he needs A LOT of work… if you think wiggins, embiid, or exumneed to develop, this guy needs a ton of time lakers fans aren’t willing to sacrifice for. yes, he’s physically gifted, but what’s the use if he can’t translate that to the court. he literally has little to no post game to speak of, nor is he an absolute defensive stopper. either trade down and get multiple 1st round picks, trade it if CLE and MINN are willing for love and kyrie, or hope randle, smart, or ennis are still available because embiid, wiggins, parker, and exum certainly wont.

      • Andy Chadburn

        Because he wasn’t their go to guy and he barely got any touches. Check out his uasge rate and field goal attempts. Atrocious…

      • greg

        Well Blake Griffin had limited offense coming out of college too. He just scored on athleticism. Still hoping Julius Randle falls the the Lakers though.

        • Chrmngblly

          Randle. NOOOOO. Aaron Gordon. Gordon is the best athlete we will be even close to. He can play both forward spots. Or we could actually go for a center.
          When do we pick, anyway?

          • Marcus Franco

            june 26

          • Derek Clark

            Gordon? Nah. He is WAY too undersized for his position and will end up being another Derrick Williams …

          • Chrmngblly

            Gordon and Randle are the same size, Derek. Except Gordon can jump. Gordon is way more athletic and a good defender. Randle is just a bull which won’t work nearly as well at this level. I also prefer Gordon because he can play the 3 or the 4.

          • wangkon936

            Gordon is half an inch shorter than Randle. Gordon is also 30 lbs lighter. Randle has half an inch longer wingspan.

          • Chrmngblly

            Gordon can jump 6″ higher–at least. If you want a flat-footed fat guy, OK.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Sir Charles is entering the draft??

          • Chrmngblly

            Son of sir Charles…Randle

          • Derek Clark

            How high can Zach Randolph jump? That’s who this guy Julius Randle reminds me off. He could be even more dangerous if he puts on a few more pounds of muscle. Gordon’s size limitations are going to find him only able to play a 3 when he wants to play a 4. Like I said, look at Aaron Gordon and you’ll find Derrick Williams 2.0.

          • Chrmngblly

            Then you must not want Love. I see Gordon at the 3, as you do. They say he is quick enough that he can defend all 5 positions. That’s what we need. He’s like Blake Griffin only lighter. It makes little sense to me to burn up our only draft pick on a position we hope to fill with a FA.

            Anyway, you know how I feel. You can always add muscle but you can’t add athleticism. We need a defensive presence. Randoph, himself, will crush Randle. Randle is a tweener that will have a lot more trouble at the next level.

          • Chrmngblly

            Randall is going to be a Glen “baby” Davis type.

      • Lawrence

        I see star potential in Noah Vonleh and the Lakers FO is infatuated they usually are never infatuated with any player.This is telling me something a experienced Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss along with Jerry West’s son must know something is special about Noah Vonleh in order to leak that they will draft him at #7.Rudy T. and his son both know Hakeem Olajuwon very well and Noah Vonleh is impressing the whole Lakers scouting department for a good reason imo.But the truth is Noah Vonleh is the youngest player in this draft and he must keep working hard to reach greatness.Indiana has not been that good since Bob Knight left.

        • tam

          I’m glad your not making basketball decisions

        • Zantaro

          “Jerry West’s son?” Who dat?

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            He’s a scout for the Lakers

        • Chrmngblly

          Right. I see star potential in Embiid, too. So what? We will not likely get either one.

          • kookiebuger

            The Lakers can get Vonleh the Celtics taken a lot of interest in Smart, Ainge kept praising about him which tells me they will probably take him plus they already have Sullinger and Olynk. The Utah Jazz is the x-factor I have no idea what they are going to do the already have 2 young talented big men in Favors and Kanter.

      • kookiebuger

        You expect way to much from a freshman big men besides basketball is a team sport it takes more then 1 good player to win. Vonleh is an intriguing prospect he is raw (like most big men entering the league, will take a few years before he develops) but reading about his work ethic and willingness to learn makes him even more appealing, give him 3-4 years he can be the Lakers LaMarcus Aldridge.

      • nlruizjr

        Why is it that many expert opinions have high reviews regarding Vonleh, including laker FO, I’m sure they have all the info they need to make a decision regarding Vonleh and if they feel that high about him, I would tend to lean towards their impression instead of yours, thats why Mitch is the GM and your not !!!!!

    • tam

      Who??? Never heard of him

    • Zimmeredge

      You’re watched and highlight réel and based on that you say well i can see the dream in him? Hahahah Youtube highlights… You have to watched games…..

    • wangkon936

      Hakeem? Buahahahaha! Wait… let me catch my breath… wahahahahahahahahaha….

      Seriously? Okay, let’s take things down a realistic notch. This guy is more like Taj Gibson (today) with Chris Bosh potential (in the future). Again, highlight “potential.” However, an at worse “Taj Gibson” today, and perhaps something better later, isn’t that bad for the 7th pick.

    • gmoney

      he has “bust” written all over him…

  • TheTruthKills

    Just trade down with the Suns or Hornets for their 2 first round picks and target Lavine and Hood.

    • Jack

      LaVine and Anderson will be much better.

      • kookiebuger

        Anderson will more then likely be a bust.

        • jeremy

          wouldnt hurt to give them a shot. anderson has skills set of magic/odom and lakers need all the good passers we can get.

          • kookiebuger

            Isn’t that Marshal’s job? I’ve seen Anderson play and he plays in slow motion that won’t cut it in this fast paced league especially with his atrocious defense plus he lacks a position will he play PG? or SF?

          • jeremy

            yea but anderson could play the odom type role and either start or be a another piece to the bench. anderson doesnt have to be the PG like he was at ucla. just another guy who can handle the ball if needed

          • michael

            magic played all positions. He’s still one of the best player of all time.

    • Jim213

      Lavine will likely be picked up by the Nuggs but time will tell.

    • Chrmngblly

      If they can…if they can. Otherwise I think I like Aaron Gordon, who can paly either forward spot. The best move may be like you say, trade down.

  • kookiebuger

    If the Lakers pick Vonleh they need to resign Gasol to a year deal so he can help mentor him on his post game.

  • jeremy

    i wouldnt mind a trade down for 2 picks, anderson has magic type skills. heck he no magic but he plays like him.he tall decent outside game and is one heck of a passer. him and greg monroe down low would be one good front court. if anything anderson could be a sick 6th man

    • Lakers Fan

      If Vonleh is available, they have to jump on it. We need defensive minded players, and Vonleh could be our defensive presence in the paint. You pair him with Gasol, and that could be a highly productive front court offensively and defensively(the defense coming from Vonleh). I like Monroe, but as I watched him this year he is no better than Gasol defensively. We have to have some form of defense in the paint. I can’t take watching it be a layup drill against us every damn night. It’s mind wrecking. Vonleh has star potential, and if Gasol comes back he and Kareem could do wonders for him.

      • jeremy

        but monroe has alot of upside and i can see him go off on a new team with him being one of the top guys. dude really needs to leave the pistons if he wants to shine. unless they trade smith he better off on a new team.

        • Lakers Fan

          I’ve been one who’ve wanted Monroe for the longest, but after watching this past season we need help BAD defensively. Especially protecting the rim. Monroe is a walking double-double no doubt. And he would thrive being on another team, especially one like ours. But we would have to give him max money in order to lure him here. He isn’t worth max money. We can’t spend the way we want because of Kobe’s contract an the new CBA rules. If we can get Monroe for a good salary and not max dollars, I’m all for it. But if he demands more, we should walk away and look to resign Pau if possible. All I know is if we are able to draft Vonleh we should.

          • jeremy

            he only makes like 3 mill so if were lucky i say we can get him for 8 to 11 mill.if anyone offer more good for them. lakers just need to upgrade anyway they can and find a group of guys who will play good team defense. from what im hearing pistons cant keep both him or smith. so either one will have to go in order for the pistions to be a better team. i just like that he young and i could see big things from him on a new team and if we can some how keep hill. hill could hide the flaws he has with his good rebounding and decent defense

          • Lakers Fan

            If we can get him and pair him with Vonleh that would be awesome. Monroe is younger than Pau, so it would be a complete youth movement for us. We would possibly lead the league in rebounding, especially if we keep Hill and sign Deng(if possible). We could also be a top defensive team, especially if we hire Lionell Hollins. He would stress defense, and could do wonders with Monroe, Vonleh, and Hill.

          • jeremy

            oh yea i forgot about deng. kobe always wanted to play with himand maybe he could if we can get him for cheap

          • Lakers Fan

            We are in need of a starting SF, so he would make sense. Ariza would also. I completely forgot about him. I think we will get which ever one of them comes cheaper. Well I’m hoping we do.

          • Chrmngblly

            Vonley is a power forward, same as Love. If you want Love, we have to take someone that we can move over to the 3 or the 5. So I am more of a Gordon guy. Monroe is not worth the money to me. I would rather do a sign and trade of Pau and Nash to NY for Tyson Chandler and somebody else. I think we can do that until July 31st.

  • Lakers Fan

    First and foremost, the Lakers shot themselves in the foot by winning those meaningless games at the end of the season. We could possibly be drafting top 4 if we had of lost those games. That being said, we have to draft a player that will give us a 2-way game. Vonleh and Smart can give us that. If we are able to get one of these two, I won’t be so upset about getting the number 7 pick. Although Smart would be a good addition, I think we need Vonleh a lot more due to his ability to protect the rim. I can’t take another season watching the Lakers give up 60+ points in the paint. If we can get Vonleh and possibly snag Lowry in free agency(although I think he wants to stay in Toronto), we should be in good shape. If Deng is willing to take a pay cut, he is a possibility as well. That would leave us with the Center position and they will likely sign Pau back for cheap, if he is willing. He would be paired next to Vonleh who is good defensively and can score when need be. Let Nash be the backup PG, Meeks the backup SG, Henry the backup SF, Kelly the backup PF, and Hill the backup C, if he stays with us. If we add Lionell Hollins to that team, I think we could do well next year.

    • jeremy

      well last time lakers got a lottery pick they did get bynum and got 2 rings from him. so i wish we got a lower pick, but i got to trust mitch that he will do the right thing. who ever we get has to be either a good passer who has a decent shot or a big who can play d

      • Lakers Fan

        Agreed. Plus Bynum became the second best center in the league learning from Kareem. If it wasn’t for his attitude and bad work ethic, he would be the best big in the game right now.

        I’m trusting Mitch as well. I just hope Jim Buss leave the scouting and draft decisions to Mitch. I’m praying we get a player who can be our building block going forward. Because if we don’t, the future will be looking real gloomy for the next couple of seasons.

        • jeremy

          well lakers could build off scare,bazemore and kelly all 3 who have talent in their own way they just need the perfect coaching.

          • Lakers Fan

            Bazemore became my second fav player on the team this year behind Henry. These are two players who play defense and loves to take high percentage shots, which is why they drive to the paint so much. If they can get the right coach in there to mentor these young dudes, they could be awesome for us in the future. Sacre is an energy guy, and bases his whole game off that. He doesn’t do anything special outside of provide energy and a block here and there. It would take a much longer time to develop him than it would Bazemore and Henry. That’s why I seriously hope we hire Hollins.

          • jeremy

            i love bazemore for his defense, his scoring is just icing on the cake. herny needs to be a more all around player and not just a good at home guy, scare if he can keep improving i think he could be a marcus camby type player.

          • Lakers Fan

            Well if you look at it that way, that’s another reason why we need to hire Hollins. He is great with big men. I don’t know how much better he can make Sacre, but if he could make him into a Marcus Camby type player that would be great. He shows effort, so maybe it’s possible.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Bazemore became my favorite player; I’m not really sure what people see in Henry other than an occasional highlight dunk. I think Sacre is highly underrated–not to say I think he’s close to spectacular, but he’s a reliable backup center who also developed a really nice hook shot this season. He understands his role and is always where he’s supposed to be at both ends of the floor.

          • Lakers Fan

            Lets not forget Henry is only 22 years old. With the right coach, he could be a 10-11ppg player off the bench. He provided us with a spark when he was on the floor, especially at home and when he came back from injury. The only thing I can say he needs work on is playing the same way he plays at home on the road and shooting freethrows.

    • Devon Samuels²⁴

      im loving this “Lets blame Lakers for winning 2 games thing” its entertaining im glad im old school kind of fan Win all as possible no matter what season we having good or bad!

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        Seriously. To the tankers: The Lakers would probably be picking #6 this year if they had won those two games.

        • vdogg

          they DID win those two games.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            My mistake. I meant to say if they had LOST those two games. They would’ve moved up 1-2 spots, but ended the year on a 9-game losing streak. I’ll take the wins.

      • Lakers Fan

        The season was lost and we needed to lose those last 2 games. You do realize we would have the number 5 pick right now because we were tied with Utah for the last in the conference. It’s not just about tanking. We need a good young player going forward to possibly carry the torch once Kobe leaves. If you are one who thinks we can rebuild through FA, you have to wake up. We’re not a desirable destination for FAs right now. Yea we are the Lakers, but that’s not enough to lure FAs here. We need talent, and we can get that through drafting good young players. Although FA will help add talent, we can’t keep overlooking the draft because we want the Lakers to steal another team’s star player. It doesn’t work that way anymore.

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          The current torch-bearer was a #13 pick. The top 6 picks are bound to have at least one complete bust and a couple players who never amount to anything more than solid role players. Forget all the ESPN hype about the upcoming draft class for a minute and consider the careers of similarly hyped players in past drafts. If the Lakers had lost the last two games, it would have been a 50-50 shot at #5 or #6 (assuming the ping pong balls fell the same way).

          • Lakers Fan

            It’s not every day you find a player like Kobe Bryant. Those type of players don’t come around too often. I would rather we take a chance with a top pick rather than a 13th pick, because Kobe is a once in a generation type of player that just so happened to fall to 13. Yea some of the top players may be busts, but you have to take your chances and live with them. I would rather build through the draft rather than continue to think we can get franchise-changing players in FA when there are better teams than us right now.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            The point is that picking 7th will not kill the future of the franchise when they could have landed the 6th (or maybe 5th) pick. At least one team ahead of the Lakers will botch their pick, there is plenty of talent in this draft and plenty of options for the Lakers to be smart with how they use it. I would rather rebuild through trades like the Lakers have always done. They have never used free agency (except Shaq) and Kobe is the only great player they have drafted in the last 30 years…because the team uses trades to make sure they never have to rely on the draft.

            Teams that rely on the high draft picks: Sixers, Bucks, Cavs. Yeah, those are really successful teams… And so much fun to watch will all that top-end talent…

    • wangkon936

      We are the Lakers. We don’t need no stink’in lottery to build a championship team!

      • kookiebuger

        But the team needs to setup a young foundation outside of Kobe ,which is still a stretch, there is no reason for any big name players to join the Lakers.

        • wangkon936

          Yes, but we only went into the lottery two times before this season. In the mid to late 90′s we only had one lottery pick (Eddie Jones) but got the vast majority of our talent elsewhere such as the 2nd round (Nick Van Excel) or the lower 1st round (Derek Fisher) or via trade (Cedric Ceballos, Glenn Rice and Kobe Bryant) and free agency (Shaq). That set us up for the championship runs of 99-2003.

          In the mid 2000s we did the same thing. Got into the lottery only once (for Bynum), but got the bulk of our talent through lower rung draft picks (Farmar, Ronny Turiaf, Travis Knight, Sasha Vujacic), smart trades (Pau Gasol, Ariza, Shannon Brown) and free agents (Ron Artest).

          Again, we have a proven history of being able to build teams with very minimal draft lottery participation and we should keep it that way. Only loser franchises depend on the lottery to build a team. We are not a loser franchise.

          • kookiebuger

            Just swallow your pride and get some young talented players in the draft. Teams are more cautious about trades now and free agency is an even playing field now the Rockets and Bulls have a better chance of getting Love then the Lakers since the are a playoff team and are 1 or 2 pieces away from a championship compared to the Lakers who are several pieces away. The Lakers really hurt themselves and it might take several years before they can recover (depends if they tank next year top 5 protected pick and what they do with their cap space for both this year and next year).

          • wangkon936

            In terms of FA, a lot of it depends on where you want to live. Warm places (LA, Miami, Houston and Phoenix) will have the advantage over cold places (Denver, Minnesota, Vancouver). Hip, happening cosmopolitan (LA, NYC, Brooklyn, Miami, Chicago) places will have the advantage over hick places (Cleveland, Oakland, Charlotte).

            LA will always have allure, due to weather, diversity, quality of life, media industries, etc. regardless of how good our team is.

          • kookiebuger

            Again free agency is basically even now if the players want to win they will more then likely join up a winning team compared to a team that is in the lottery who just received the #7 draft pick with no young promising young players outside this pick and maybe a someone from free agency (might be unlikely if they are preserving their cap for Love in 2015) and a front office that seems to lack direction (are they rebuilding? or are they trying to put together a playoff team to please Kobe?).

          • vdogg

            travis knight was NOT acquired in the mid 2000s.

      • Lakers Fan

        You do realize this is a new NBA with a new CBA. We can’t do the things we used to do. I wish you all would realize that. I know you are used to being spoiled, but you have to let reality set in. The Lakers aren’t the Lakers of old anymore. Kobe has two years left, and who exactly will he be passing the torch to? There are better teams out there who are capable of attracting FAs. We don’t have anyone but Kobe Bryant and he is almost done. We need young players going forth, and hopefully during this two-year span we find our next face of the franchise. It’s time to wake up dude. The draft is our best bet if we want to get back to where we are accustomed to being.

        • wangkon936

          I am actually quite familiar with the new CBA and have put everything in Excel. One good thing about the CBA is that the max contract varies with the player’s seniority. The longer he’s been in the NBA, the bigger the max is. If favors the recruitment of FAs, similar to how major college systems recruit HS players. It’s suppose to level the playing field, so to speak by giving everyone the same hard cap. However, like college systems, some teams will just do a better job of “recruiting” FA than others. So, teams with good management, winning systems and desirable geographies will have the actual advantage.

  • jeremy

    i hope lakers rebot this season and not give in to kobes demands. lakers need new players to fit with kobe. i would start with resigning for sure farmar,bazmore meeks and young and either trade for 2 picks and get guys like anderson,adams or lavine. or get a decent talent with the 7th pick and go from there

    • Lakers Fan

      I agree about the Kobe aspect. I love Kobe, but we have to groom these players for life after Kobe. If we get Vonleh, we could have a piece to build around for the future. Not to mention players like Bazemore, Kelly, and Henry who could all be solid role players. I don’t think we will bring Young back cause he will cost too much. Those players mentioned above would be much cheaper. If they are looking to throw some good money at a role player, it should be Meeks. He had a breakout year this year, and contributed on both ends of the floor. We need players like him. I’m not a big fan of Anderson. I would take Lavine before I take him(if that was the plan). We need a player NOW who can carry the torch once Kobe leaves. If Vonleh or Smart is avaliable when we pick, you have to take one of them. There is no way they should trade back if they are there.

      • jeremy

        maybe we dont need another star player like kobe. heck pistons didnt have one in 2004. i say focus on a team that can win and play defense and maybe one guy will shine in the group in the future. anyways lakers need to build for the future not the now and i hope lakers make the right choices this off season. there not many star players out there but there will be a heck of alot of good role players starting with greg monroe and lance stephenson

        • Lakers Fan

          Yea I completely understand your point of view, but lets be honest if Shaq and Kobe was getting alone there is no way the pistons would have won in 2004. Although they didn’t have a true star, they had players that played lock down defense. That’s what we need. If we’re not looking to acquire a player with star or superstar potential, then get players who are committed to playing defense. Then you add a coach like Lionel Hollins who had no go-to player but still led the Grizzles to the WCF. We just need defensive players, which is what Vonleh is.

          • comrade24

            PG- Smart
            SG- Kobe
            SF- Deng/Ariza
            PF- Hill
            C- Gortat

            Great defensive lineup that’s affordable and can also score.

          • Lakers Fan

            That would be awesome, but I don’t think Gortat is going to leave Washington. That team is on the rise, and Gortat fits in perfectly with them. The same can be said about Ariza. If we are able to snag Smart/Gortat/Ariza or Smart/Gortat/Deng, I would be more than happy. The bench could be:

            PG-Nash/Farmar
            SG-Jodie/Henry
            SF-Bazemore/Henry
            PF-Kelly
            C-Sacre

            Coach-Lionel Hollins

          • wangkon936

            That lineup will get you into the playoffs. Barely.

          • comrade24

            that’s fine. that should be the goal this season. We’re not going to win a title this year. The best we can hope for is a playoff appearance to help attract FA’s. I’m not delusional to think we’ll get Kevin Love this season or Lebron James is gonna spurn the Heat for the Lakers, Carmelo wouldn’t be a good fit. Next year’s FA class is much better. Be patient, develop the rookie, and preserve some cap space for next summer

          • wangkon936

            The problem is that Deng, Ariza and Gortat are not super young and they are going to require $10M or more a year contracts that are at least 3 years long. That will tie our cap space in years 2015 and 2016 where some big name FAs will be available. Why tie up our cap space so we can’t sign a superstar in 15 and 16?

            I don’t mind barely making the playoffs if it’s with a roster that’s young and improving. I do mind barely making the playoffs with a roster of players that are 29-30 years old and not superstar or perennial All-Star material.

          • comrade24

            that’s true they would have to get players to sign for less. Gortat is doubtful anyways as he’ll probably return to Wizards, Ariza probably the same. who knows what this year holds. I’m definitely less excited about it than i was a couple of days ago.

  • Eric

    I kinda of want a trade out 7th pick to get Lavine and someone else because theres so much talent in this years draft

    • gmoney

      No

  • Jared

    Trade out of the 7th if you can get 2 or even 3 first rounders in the draft. There are a ton of holes in this team to fix. It’s a full on rebuild whether fans and Kobe like it or not. The Front Office can’t be myopic and just focus on appeasing Kobe in this last 2 years no matter how hard Kobe calls them out on Kimmel, Radio, etc. Their primary objective should be the Lakers 5+ years from now.

    • jeremy

      team needs defense more defense and a pg who can do more then just pass the ball

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      The team’s objective should always be to compete for a championship. That is not a likely achievement next season, but if they have the opportunity to contend, they need to (and will) make it happen. The Lakers will not sit in mediocrity for 5 more years. They will work to build a great team next year, and the year after, and the year after that. They will go for broke every single season, and that’s what makes them the best franchise in all of sports.

      • Terrell

        Contend for what next season?!? An 8th seed and only to be swept and humiliated?!? Is that what things have come to now? Just will themselves into the playoffs (barely) and pray and hope for the best? I see nothing wrong in rebuilding for 2-3 years to set up for a more realistic chance at title contention in 2017 or so.

        • gmoney

          I hate wen non-laker fans comment and don’t understand what we r doing…kobe NEEDS to contend…this is about kobe AND the lakers…rebuilding is a terrible idea

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          Contend in Laker Nation always means contend for a championship. If the front office is able to put a team together that can “contend” they need to (and will) make it happen.

          By “rebuilding for 2-3 years,” are you suggesting “tanking for 2-3 years” a la the Sonics/Thunder? Still hasn’t resulted in anything for them and probably never will. Plus the Lakers won’t even have a draft pick next year, so there is no point in anyone rooting for losses.

    • michael

      If we don’t land Gordon. He would make a good forward combined with love. Sign and trade Gasol. Either we are trading him for love, or we trade him for more first rounders.

      • gmoney

        blaaahh not gordon…lets just stick with trying everything in our power to draft dante exum

  • TreM

    Minnesota will hang up so fast (after a loud HAHAHAHAHAHA) on Mitch if he even tries to get Love in a sign & trade for the 7th pick & an aged past his prime Pau. Golden State, Phoenix, and others can offer better packages. Besides, it is reported that “going to the best situation for immediate contention is said to be the Love’s priority.” The Lakers are nowhere near immediate contention.

    • Scottie Pippen Flat Top

      Who said the Lakers were gonna propse that? A little early to be trolling…

    • Jdcap21

      So let’s look at how much this post makes no sense:
      1. The Wolves can just sign Pau as a FA since they’d be under the cap. S&T doesn’t make sense.

      2. GS doesn’t have a pick in the first and K-Love doesn’t want to sign there.
      3. K-Love doesn’t want to sign in Phoenix.
      4. Lakers are under the cap even after K-Love’s contract which means the Lakers can take on bad contracts from Minny. GS and Phoenix can’t.

      • gmoney

        ur first point is wrong, pau loves the lakers and wants to help us in anyway possible…hed sign and trade for us

        • Jdcap21

          My point is that Minny wouldn’t have to S&T. If they trade Love, they would be under the cap. They could just sign him. It’s not like they have to give Pau a certain salary to make the trade work. Lakers are under the cap and don’t need to do a dollar for dollar trade.

    • gmoney

      but golden state won’t do it cuz curry will leave (tired of management-player decisions) and they won’t give up Thompson…the suns r in full rebuild and want to keep their picks so they can build around eric…now ur left with the celtics and the lakers, the celtics won’t trade their pick because they r in FULL rebuild and r even looking to trade rondo (ik what ur thinking, and no the timberwolves won’t do a “love for rondo” deal cuz they hav a point guard they lik…pau is still good and he along with rubio almost beat the US team last time they were in the olympics…also, it would attract marc wen he’s a FA and BOOM, the timberwolves hav an unstoppable brother duo, and the lakers hav love…just saying

  • Brandon Leong

    he looks pretty decent but I still prefer Exum or Jabari if they do not get picked :(

    • comrade24

      Jabari will definitely go top 4 no doubt. I would say there is a SLIGHT chance of Exum being available just based on the needs of the teams that picks ahead of us. Boston definitely doesn’t need a pg, neither does Cleveland, and it’s highly unlikely he’ll get picked before Wiggins, Pakers, and Embiid so maybe he’s available, but i think Marcus Smart is the best option likely to be available at #7

  • LAL

    No thanks! I would rather draft Aaron Gordon over this guy. Why? He has low IQ – he won’t survive in NBA. Huge wingspan means nothing if you don’t know how to use it.

    I hope Randle/Smart still available at 7. Damn you Cavs!

    • Mathias

      Aaron Gordon to me looks like the riskiest player projected top 10, really not sure about that guy

      • LAL

        Not really. Aaron Gordon is a better defender and more athletic than Vonleh. The guy can really jump and quite fast for his position. Potential Blake Griffin type but with better defense. Yes, his offense need a lot of work but if Griffin can do it, Gordon can do it too.

    • gmoney

      how about neither cuz they both aren’t that good?? WE NEED EXUM

      • LAL

        Had the Lakers tank the last 20 games of the regular season like I said they should do, we could be talking about Exum right now. That’s what happen when you put pride over future by being an idiot (Mitch & Jim + the rest of Laker fans who says Lakers don’t tank).

  • Alonzo

    How can any team pass on this guy?????Seriously this is the best college freshman big man prospect i have seen ever.This kid is super special and i watched every Hoosiers game this past season.Yogie is a scrub and that was the guard messing up the passes to Noah Vonleh.Andrew Wiggins is not any better than Noah Vonleh and that’s the truth.I will be hoping for Noah Vonleh i am in love.

  • tam

    Who the he’ll is this guy….

    • jeremy

      someone with alot of upside. if coach right could be one good player. he might not be a big name, but he could be a very good player in the nba down the road

    • gmoney

      the smartest comment on this article…not even kidding, tired of these “omg vonleh is hakeem” and “omg, gordon was ok last year so he’s gonna be amazing”…il tell u wat we need…we need someone to carry us after kobe is gone…we need a hero…we…need…exum…

  • Mark

    How can we get this guy?Can we trade up to get him?I heard the Kings might trade their pick do we have assets to obtain the 8th pick?My guessing is Noah Vonleh will move up into the top 3 by the time draft night rolls around.Lets hope we trade up.

    • Marcus Franco

      No way he’ll move into the top 3, Top 3 are Wiggins, Parker and Embiid, Perhaps Exum..
      Is this guy really good ? Never heard about him and the highlight can lie a little bit.

      • Mathias

        He’s good, very good 3pt % for a guy his size. His true upside is his size and athletisim, 6’10″ with 7’4″ wingspan and biggest hands in combine history.
        He’s being compared to chris bosh only more athletic and versatile, would a great acquisition

  • carew10

    to this point the Lakers will draft smart or vonleh.

    in this moment i would vonleh,then i hope the LAL will take ariza and lowry from the FA and i hope Love won’t firm an extension of his contrac…this for wait the FA 2015 for come in LA.

    in every case i say that with this draft was without sense go to win the latest game.very very without sense!

  • Ollie Holliewood

    Why does this draft seem so special?It seems like all the top 4 picks would have been number 1 picks any other draft.And 4-8 these players would be the #2 or #3 player selected any other draft.Wow how are their so many great players all in the same draft?It seems crazy they all came out in the same year.My top 8 is like this and my comparison is besides the player.I love Noah Vonleh.

    1.Joel Embiid Comparison Hakeem Olajuwon
    2.Andrew Wiggins Comparison T-Mac Offense/Scottie Pippen Defense
    3.Noah Vonleh Comparison David Robinson/Chris Bosh
    4.Dante Exum Comparison Taller Tony Parker
    5.Jabari Parker Comparison Carmelo Anthony
    6.Julius Randle Comparison Zach Randolph
    7.Marcus Smart Comparison Dwayne Wade Offense/Defense Gary Payton
    8.Aaron Gordon Comparison Blake Griffin Offense/LeBron James Defense

    • just saying

      I thought the player that have Griffin Offense/LeBron James Defense name was Jorden not Gorden

    • wangkon936

      Aaron Gordon is more like Shawn Marion. Maybe a little taller. For Smart I would add Deron Williams as an NBA comparison too. Big and strong pg with nice speed who can score.

    • LAstory

      Dante Exum more like Penny Hardaway, Marcus Smart more like Jameer Nelson… same height same game…Julius Randle is more Corliss Williamson short for a 6’8 power forward, no outside game but a low post banger.

  • VillainKing

    I will pick Marcus Smart over him..

  • marcus smart LAL guard!!!

    the best guard combo is marcus smart, he’s a mashup of nate robinson/and dwayne wade… lakers need to load up on talented defensive minded guards like smart to build around, a la , okc, clippers, blazers, warriors, you need versatile guards and athleticism, like smart so go draft smart, hell be better thank rondo or kyrie irving, or john wall. smart is the guard for the future for the lakers… dont sleep kupchak, or buss, draft smart now!!!!

  • Gemini Ac

    I think Noah Vonleh will help the Laker for Winning the Game..He have a nice moves and shooting,rebounding and defense..Welcome to the Lakers Young Man..GoodLuck to you..

  • Scottie Pippen Flat Top

    Please draft Marcus Smart. We need a pg desperately

    • wangkon936

      Smart is not a pure point. More like a scoring lead/combo guard.

  • gmoney

    exum or smart or nothin…i dont lik vonleh and randle looks alright…we need exum so badly…

    • comrade24

      Doubt Exum will be available. It is possible though considering we’re 7th and at least 2 of the teams with a top pick ahead of us (Boston, Cleveland) have no use for a point guard. Although they could play Exum at the two.

      • Mathias

        Here’s a thought- what IF Exum went and did a kobe and literally told everybody interested in him that if they pick him then he’ll play in Europe?? He seems like a pretty determined kid, he’s gonna know how much more he could make in LA than Orlando. Is it crazy to think he would do something that gutsy? Could our luck swing so far the other way that this just might happen? I hope so!

        • comrade24

          that would be cool too but i think Smart is the safer bet. He would have went in top 3 if he entered last years draft.

          • Mathias

            I’d love to pick up Smart and get Byron Scott to coach, that’d be a great defensive pairing

          • comrade24

            agreed. just saw they interviewed Mike Dunleavy. Hoping that doesn’t happen

      • gmoney

        but exum did publicly say he wouldn’t play sg…plus he does hav Kobes agent so he could convince exum to reject certain teams

  • comrade24

    PG- Smart
    SG- Kobe
    SF-Deng or Ariza
    PF- Hill
    C- Gortat

    affordable, good defensive team that can also score while keeping us in the run
    for a max free agent next summer.

    • L.A BU11Y

      ARIZA IS LOOKING FOR MAX MONEY..IF HE WASNT I WOULD LOV TO HAVE HIM BACK.. BUT YOU RIGHT I WOULD RATHER HAVE SMART, RANDALL OR VONLEH

      • comrade24

        Ariza won’t get max money. i imagine he’ll go for 8-10 mil a year

        • LAstory

          Lakers cant afford to pay him 8-10…

      • wangkon936

        Max money? Hahaha… not at barely 14 ppg and barely 40% shooting.

      • comrade24

        I don’t think Ariza is going to fetch Max contract anywhere on the market. He’ll prob go for 8-10 mil yr

  • Ron

    First name Noah last name greatest…

  • Will

    I’d rather go with Smart. He could be the face of the franchise. He’s got a raw talent that could be a beast if he was contained. Vonleh is the safe pick but his ceiling isn’t as high.

    • comrade24

      exacty my point. seem to be hearing this a lot. Unless FO knows something we don’t, i hope they listen and pick smart!

  • Jeff B

    He’s ok, but I’d rather go with Marcus Smart if he is available. Kid is an absolute beast on the defensive end and would be a great leader for the team.

  • Fire MDA

    Lakers are not going anywhere fast might as well draft Noah Vonleh and let him take 20 shots a game and play him 40 minutes per game see how that works out.Lakers got nothing to lose they are a bad team and need to gamble now.

  • J24

    I didn’t watch much College Ball this year, but I looked at possible candidates for this years draft and I like Jordan Clarkson’s stats and highlights. Can anyone tell me why he’s not even being mentioned in the top 20? Is it age? Bad rep? Injury prone? What do you guys think? Stats: (35 gp) 6’5 ht, 6’8 wingspan, 38.5 Vert, 44.7%fg, and 17.5ppg. Info provided by Draft Express.

  • lakerfan

    Hopefully Vonleh will fall to us. But Marcus Smart and Aaron Gordon are two players tgat should defintetely be considered

  • Woody

    Look I like the idea of a big man like Hakeem, Kareem or Shaq…..but the fact is that NONE of those guys are available so in MY opinion you gotta go with someone who is special and has SCORING PROWESS, I’d draft an offensive guy or someone who can facilitate offense like Marcus Smart, Zach LaVine or Tyler Ennis but if they’re not available you gotta go with an athletic freak like Aaron Gordon

    • airkobe

      Yeah vonleh might be gone before our turn. In that case we should take marcus smart or aaron gordon. Both are good defensively.

  • wangkon936

    Vonleh’s body reminds me of Elden Cambell. Just sayin’ is all!

  • L.A BU11Y

    IF EMBIID, OR EXUM ARE TAKEN, PLEASE GET EITHER SMART, GORDON OR VONLEH… UNLESS GOLDN ST GETS LOVE I DO NOT SEE LOVE STAYING WHERE EVER HE GOES..

  • http://people.ign.com/ltsjoemama ltsJoeMama

    Please go with Marcus Smart.
    If Kevin Love eventually finds his way to the Lakers next year, Vonleh’s value with the team would diminish. Making the pick pretty meh. Plus, Smart can learn a lot from Kobe.

    • Swagzilla

      What’s wrong with Vonleh? He is a solid defender and rebounder he just needs to work on his footwork and post game Smart is the same way, needs to work on his offensive game, expect he won’t make no where near the same impact as Vonleh.

      • http://people.ign.com/ltsjoemama ltsJoeMama

        Nothing. I like Vonleh, but Kevin Love might be a Laker next year. I know that’s a year from now, and you could slide Vonleh to the center spot, but he wouldn’t be as officiant.
        I think they’re going to pass on Smart anyways since they have Kendall, Nick Young (if he resigns) and Farmar (if he also resigns)
        I’ll be happy with either Vonleh, Smart, or Gordon.

        • Swagzilla

          I’m losing faith that Love will sign with the Lakers when the Bulls (Boozer’s 16 million dollar contract expires + a bunch of role players), Rockets (Lin + Asiks 14.9 million dollar contracts both expire = 29.8 million available in cap space), and maybe the Warriors (14 million off the books depends if they can cut off 4-8 million) are in much better situations and can offer him a near max/max.

          • http://people.ign.com/ltsjoemama ltsJoeMama

            Wont Kobe be the only played under contract next year? Assuming they don’t sign someone for more than one year this off season.

          • Swagzilla

            That’s a good point but they might mean losing players like Meeks, Young,Farmar,Hill, Bazemore, etc. since they will probably want contracts longer then 1 year with a steady increase in money.

  • numb1lakefan

    smart
    bazemore
    kobe
    melo
    bosh
    WIN NOW MODE
    Head coach byron scott/kurt rambis

  • Kb24

    No chance, 7 is gordon smart or luckily randle,if these guys becomes a free agent after 8-9 years, there i s a chance we will have a big 3 of embiid,exum and randle/parker,love will be 33-35 at that time….wiggins will go to raptors, though if we can lure durant after kobe era this wont happen amnymore. Of course I will choose durant over these big 3

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