NBA Draft: Who are the Lakers Looking at with a Top 10 Pick?
With the current collective bargaining agreement punishing high-spending teams like the Lakers, the Lakers are now looking to cut salaries, but maintain talent through this year’s extremely deep draft.
With rumors swirling around the Lakers attempts to moving Pau Gasol for a top 10 pick, the fans have been wondering who the Lakers are targeting with that pick. We take a look at who could be the next start to wear the purple & gold.
1. Michael Kidd Gilchrist | Kentucky Freshman | 6’8″ 233lbs | SF
An extremely athletic small forward who has been a winner at every level he’s played at. LA Times beat writer, Mike Bresnahan, has reported that he is the Lakers no. 1 target if they are able to attain a high enough draft pick.
2. Harrison Barnes | North Carolina Sophomore | 6’8″ 228lbs | SF
Would be a great fit for the Lakers, who are looking for a shooter to help spread the floor for Andrew Bynum. Extremely long with good feet and above average athleticism, Barnes would definitely excel in a system where Kobe and Drew create the room for him to drain open shots. Definitely has the basketball IQ to adapt quickly to the pro game as well as the experience from a top notch program like North Carolina.
3. Thomas Robinson | Kansas Junior | 6’9″ 244lbs | PF
With the loss of Pau Gasol to attain this pick, the Lakers are going to have to get a power forward to cover the four spot who brings a high level of energy to help clean up the boards behind Andrew Bynum. Robinson has that motor, the power and the athleticism that is infectious amongst his teammates. Also coming from Kanasa will help Robinson adjust to the pro game at a faster rate.
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