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NBA Draft: With The 48th Pick, The Lakers Select Ryan Kelly

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Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

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The Lakers didn’t have a first round pick, and had to wait until the 18th pick of the second round to make their first selection of the 2013 NBA Draft. Despite only having the 48th pick, there was some quality talent that late in the draft. Instead, they drafted Ryan Kelly, a 6-11 228 center out of Duke.

Kelly was a great shooter for the Blue Devils, but he has limited mobility and isn’t the banger inside that the Lakers are going to need. He’ll be able to stretch the floor to prove space in the middle for the other Lakers bigs, but his defensive deficiencies leave him a bit raw to play him extended minutes.

It make a little sense considering Mike D’Antoni’s system. Pau struggled because he couldn’t consistently hit the mid-range jumper and was unwilling to play beyond the three-point line on a regular basis. Kelly could help here in stretches with his ability to shoot, but there were other roles that the Lakers needed to fill, and could have with some of the other guys who were on the board.

Kelly shot 45 percent from the field in his senior year and averaged just under 13 points per game. He’s currently recovering from an unspecified surgery, but given the fact that the Lakers drafted him, it’s hard to believe that he won’t be available by the time training camp starts.

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  • CharlieMurphy!

    We could’ve had Peyton Siva or Jackie Carmichael. =(

    • ANTHONYinCALI

      WTH is Jackie Carmichael?

      • CharlieMurphy!

        Look him up on youtube. He plays like Boozer.

        • ANTHONYinCALI

          Well we can still get him

          • CharlieMurphy!

            Most likely at the D-league.

  • 3339

    Are the lakers trying to suck?

  • ChocoJoe

    Ryan Kelly was a fantastic college player. I don’t know what you all were expecting as the 48th pick.

  • Terrence

    When he’s healthy, he’s actually a very nice pick. Not bad for the 48th pick.

    • Wes

      We needed a true & younger PG that can actually guard other teams PG. This is why I would have picked Peyton Siva up.

  • ANTHONYinCALI

    I like the pick he’s a stretch 4 that’s exactly what we needed.

  • mambakla

    no Peyton Siva? SMH

    • Wes

      We really needed a true point gaurd & I agree that Peyton Siva would have been a steal @ the 48house pick.

  • zippy

    Might be a 2nd round steal.

    But if they’re looking for more cheap talent, Front Office should look at John Bryant, who’s currently playing in Germany and whose rebounds per 40 in college were a full rebound better than Faried’s.

  • john

    now gasol can move back to center if howard walks away. nice steal i say.

  • Dave4321

    Kelly is a deceptively good defensive player. Duke’s defense wasn’t nearly as good without him.

  • Ramon

    Seth Curry?

  • Mel Anderson

    I am happy with this pick and think Ryan Kelly will make an impact in a few years. I wished we let Howard play with another team last year. I don’t appreciate a negative player in any sport.

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