The Lakers have 4 second round draft picks in this draft.. In a "weak" draft, you would think that they couldnt get anything out of these picks but lets see..
Current Roster - Their current roster is a championship type roster that doesnt need project players.. They are pretty solid at every spot but if they want to fight for another title, they need to upgrade.. Unfortunatly for them, immediate help may be hard to come by. However, there are potiental playes at every spot.. As of now, the players returning to the roster are:
Everyone!! I cant see Character coming back after his recent trouble with the law but all other players are returning.. They have 11 players coming back so that means there are 4 spot open. Handy that they have 4 draft picks.
Who do they take??
41st pick: Josh Selby - Take this guy if he is still around! He has the potiental to be Monta Ellis.. There had been rumors swirling that the Lakers wanted Monta but if they can get his clone in the draft, why not do it?? Selby could contribute right away with his electric scoring as a change of pace type player.. He wont defend or run your offense but as the win player in the triangle, he could fill it up in limited minutes.
46th pick: Keith Bensen - A project guy that can learn from 2 of the best Cs in the league. He would add depth and size to a team that takes pride in dominating a team with size.. There are times when they have 3 guys on the floor that are pushing 7' tall.. Could spend time in the D-League to beef up while getting game experience.
56th pick: Iman Shumpert - This guy is a physical freak. He is 6'5 or 6'6 so he can play the SF/SG/PG spot for the Lakers as a defensive expert. . He can play like Shannon Brown with a knack for the defensive end of the floor. I dont see him being a PG in the league but his athletic ability could help him stick with a vetran team.
58th pick: Michael Dunigan - PF with great potiental. He could stay over seas and further his development while giving the Lakers a security player and a young, promising PF to bring over in a few years.
So for the Lakers, it is a gamble for them but, its not a make or break kind of draft for them.. If they can find a gem, they would be hard to handle next year.
Lakers should seriously consider Steven Gray
As you said, the the Lakers have a team to compete for the title and they won't find any upgrade in the second round. I believe they should go for prospects who will be able to contribute in 1 to 3 years.
They have a big weakness at the PG position so Selby makes a lot of sense but I don't think he will still be available at 41 so why not going with Mirotic? The guy would be a first rounder without any doubt if he didn't have a big contract with the Real Madrid. He will stay in Europe for few more years, a good thing for the Lakers as he would come when Kobe will be near retirement. I don't know so many players in the second round but I heard that they are interested in the French guard Edwin Jackson, he is a bit undersized for a SG and he can't play PG but his athletism and his shooting would offer him a place in many NBA roster. If he can improve his shoot selection, he would be a legitimate NBA player quite similar to Jodie Meeks.
I agree. Even though they got bounced hard by Dallas, their current roster is hard to shake up because you would end up taking things away that make them who they are. You can't just trade Bynum (unless for Howard) because you give away a strength of length and height over opponents. Getting rid of Odom is a NO, because the guy was the best 6th man in the league this year. Fisher is a bit long in the tooth, but he is still the heart and soul of the Lakers, you gotta at least keep him around. Artest is the only thing I wouldn't mind seeing go, he is so sporadic...both good and bad.
The Lakers need youth on the court to match with today's top teams, if I am not mistaken, the Lakers were once one of the youngest teams in the league as far back as two or three years ago.
I believe they should attempt to move Character, Ebanks, Blake, and Artest. They should look for youth in a PG/SG and a knockdown, versatile wing.
These are the hopeful answers for the Lakeshow, all ideas that aren't ridiculous:
Lakers try to sign Mikhail Pietrus, Tracy McGrady?.
Make a play for Iguodala? Devin Harris?
Lakers Trade: Steve Blake, Possible 2011 pick to Minny for PG Johnny Flynn
Lakers Trade: Ron Artest, Derrick Caracter to Bobcats for Stephen Jackson
Possibly draft Josh Selby, Malcolm Lee, Iman Shumpert
the lakers just need to replace shannon brown, grab a center off the bench and get europeans other then that in the season stay healthy and in the playoffs gasol has to get his head out of his @$$ and not be such a pu$$y and attack
What if the Lakers made a play for Willie Warren? Devin Ebanks for him? The Clippers probably won't use him much with the emergence of Gordon and Bledsoe, not to mention Mo Williams. They can have two decent wings in Amina and Ebanks with the possible trade.
Warren could provide some scoring off the Lakers bench and a whole bunch of youth, he can fit the energy role better than Shannon Brown in my opinion.
"gasol has to get his head out of his ass and not be such a pu$$y and attack"
I don't think Shumpert and Selby will fall that far.
No way Josh Selby is available at 41 and Shumpert is available at 56. I don't think Keith Benson will be available at 46 either. If we were being more realistic I think Andrew Goudelock at 41, Greg Smith at 46, Julyan Stone at 56 and DeAndre Liggins would be a good draft for them.
Pick 41: If Selby their take him...he will go early so i'll take Iman Shumpert
Pick 46: Greg Smith has alot of potential and can learn behind of two of best big mens in the NBA.
Pick 56: Bojan Bogdanovic...Can give as couple of mins this year...or leave him overseas for two years or so.
Pick 58: trade away for a future pick not much room on our roster.
Pick 58: A international player to stash away for a couple of years.
Trade the 58th pick for a future 2nd round pick? Why would anyone trade a future 2nd round pick for the 3rd to last pick in a weak draft?
Shelby won't be there at 41.
The rest of the guys you picked would definately improve the non existent youth on the team.
@Rip Tractor....it can be a player that a team vaule such as a International player or a just a college player and they want his rights....i know it has happen before.
Trade two of those picks to get a late first round pick and try and draft Shumpert and draft Greg Smith out of Fresno with the other pick. I think Shumpert will surprise alot of people.
Iman Shumpert would be a good pick up for the Lakers but they might need 41st or 46th pick to take him. With so many 2nd round picks they could always try to package a couple to look to move up which would be worth it if they wanted to grab a prospect like Josh Selby.
Ideally they can also look to find a big who could play a few rotational minutes so again Keith Benson would be a good call.
Nikola Vucevic if he fell a bit or they could move up for him would be a nice big man fit as well and if Nolan Smith stays in the 2nd round having a Coach K trained guy would be a nice addition to their bench.
I think the Lakers have enough needs due to their aging squad they should only go with the best player available with their 2nd round picks. I wouldn't be surprised at all if they ended up trading 1 or 2, but i can't think of an area the Lakers couldn't stand to infuse some youth in so in my opinion, it's nothing but BPA, they could very well get another projected 1st rounder who slides at pick #41, like they did last year with Ebanks.
They won't be able to get many great players in this draft with their picks, but I see them getting Julyan Stone at 41, Kyle Singler at 46, Demetri McCamey at 56, Greg Smith at 58. Thats what I have in my mock, but of course it's a crap shoot though. It's guesswork as to who they select and no one should except alot out of any of the guys they have at their picks. They all will have little to no impact on the teams success, but they all bring a different skill or resume that has intrigue.
We should consider Andrew Goudlocke, and I wouldn't mind Liggins either.
LAL are known for having trerrific 2nd round picks. I FULLY expect 2 players of the four to be able to play or have good potential for down the road. IMO, LAL goes BPA and let's them develop. There has been talk of a Webster for TradeX with seperate deal for the #20 where they actually WILL go with Selby if available. Thus the reason they have promised Stone who BTW won't be their pick at 41. If they get Selby Stone will be the balance of size to Selby. Not to mention Eric Pincus just posted a bold article on the possibility of a Gasol for Lov and #20 deal in the works. Doubtful but possible as Minny are VERY interested in Gasol coming over as a mentor to Rubio with their close ties as part of the Spanish national team. As aways, trades are often difficult to actualy go through, but if I were a betting man, I'd expect to see LAL come out of this drft with a first rounder of some sorts. And yes, they are in fact high on Selby. The more I've thought about it though, the more and more I like Stone as a pick for them. I've had him as a sleeper for them at 58 and 56 multiple times throughout the year and am generally shocked that they have actually taken a liking to him. Big, versatile, can defend, and has the perfect mindset of getting guys the ball in the places they do the most damage. With team full of people who can score such as Kobe, Pau, and Bynum I personally think Stone could fit nicely. Even with his lack of a jumper as he forces nothing and has become a very efficient player.
My ideal draft for the lakers. #41: E'twaun Moore #46: Scotty Hopson #56 Keith Benson #57 Deandre Liggins