Lakers draft pick
I'm a die hard lakers fan and by no suprise I'm not sold on Marcus smart! The lakers picking 7th realistically will have to choose between smart, maybe Noah vonleh, Aaron Gordon, McDermott . But with that pick I say go for the 19 yr old stud from local ucla zach Levine! I think he is extremely raw but his ceiling is extremely high I say he can be potential russel Westbrook and is already 6'6 in shoes ! He may grow another inch or two which is also scary' Had he gone to a Kentucky or Carolina or duke he would have got mad love and right now he would be a potential top 5 pick but he went to ucla where he wasn't seen a whole lot, also think ucla PGs get better in the league.I jus think if he becomes even half of Westbrook which is his comparison right now on this site then the lakers did great! He looks like he has the work ethic and I'm convinced in this western conference we need a young long and athletic point guard! I think smart will end up being a good player probably a starter but I jus feel he may be too small although he is built like a bulldog which I like! If not Levine I say take Aaron Gordon who is a ubber athletic power forward who would match up nice with blake griffin for years! He jus needs to put on weight jus like Levine and they will be good players in my opinion! Also like vonlehs measurements but doubt he will be on board so I say take Levine or Gordon and smart would be last choice ! Tell me what u guys think
Lavine has the most upside so he could be the best option. Im not sold on Gordon he relies too much on athleticism imo.
i would bet lavine will be in play with the lakers pick. dunno if they can afford to make such a risky pick though, considering how little talent they have on there roster to begin with...need somebody who is gonna for sure come in and help old man kobe out, i think smart could take some pressure off him with his defense.
I think their best move would be to move down, and get more picks, creating more depth. Maybe trade the #7 pick for Pheonix's 14, 18, and 27? If I'm a laker's fan, I'd rather have a team comprised of Kobe, Tyler Ennis, GR3 and Mitch McGary (Some 3some combo in that range) rather than just Kobe and Aaron Gordon. Depending on how the draft works out, pick #7 is not going to be significantly better than pick 14 so this might be a good option.
well, that won't make kobe very happy...
i think they are going to take randle, smart or gordon in that order. all can play meaningful minutes right away. gordon reminds me of a young lamar odom type (pre-kardashian).
Randle won't be on the board ! I m almost 100 sure ! I say it's gonna be between smart, vonleh and Gordon and Levine a long shot
don't be surprised.
the big 3 will go 1-3. exum likely to go 4. if utah goes pf at 5, it would probably go vonleh over randle because of his ability to spread the floor with his shooting. kanter and favors are paint stuffers with not much perimeter shooting skill. boston is said to be in love with gordon. smart also makes sense since rondo is in the last year of his deal. randle doesn't make as much sense since jj sullinger offers similar game.
not saying that it'll go down like that, but no way randle is a lock to be gone.
Phoenix would give is maybe the 18th n 27 th maybe but I doubt they would! They are gonna bank on those draft picks
18th and 27th isn't nearly enough to trade up for the 7th pick.
16th and 19th? I would do it! We can take Payton the big pg and a Rodney hood and maybe glen Robinson III or adrieane Payne Tyler ennie lots of good players
I like randle or smart the best in LA but after that I would say Gordon or Lavine. I think Randle and Smart should be at the top of their board assuming that embiid, wiggins, Parker, and exum are gone.
Draft whoever is the best player available. If your in the lotto you need to get good players first then worry how they fit later. Not saying draft a pg every year (twolves) but in Lakers cases they are in complete rebuild mode, so get the player who will be the best 3-4 years from now. Personally I would hope Exum or Randle are there at 7 if not I'd go with Gordon. I would also look to use that pick to get Love or someone of that caliber.
Everybody hates on Marcus Smart, presumably because they look at his shooting % and only that. If you have ever watched him play I don't know what there isn't to like about him, especially with the 7th pick. Still young, fills a LONG TIME Lakers need at PG. At the very least he projects to be a lockdown defender. Good NBA Athlete, competes hard every night, Kobe would love playing with him because Smart isn't a selfish basketball player, he just wants to win.
You know which 2 statistics project to impact future NBA success the most? Steal rate and rebounding. Smart averaged almost 3 steals, 2.9(sophomore) in both of his seasons and he averaged 6 RPG from the PG position. That is unbelievable for a college PG. He also showed great improvement as a decision maker in his 2nd season as a PG.
I still project him and Randle to be 2 of the best 4 players from this draft and the Lakers have a legitimate chance to get either one at the 7 spot, it's a blessing in disguise really. Both are also my top 2 picks for Rookie of the Year as they are both NBA ready from a physical standpoint.
Trade down for Elfrid Peyton? He is a poor mans Marcus Smart. His high dribble will cause bunches and bunches of turnovers at the NBA level and his jumpshot isn't even as far along as Smarts.
I really am curious as to why all Laker fans are so down on Smart? Is it because they don't think he will get them 30 a night? He won't, most likely nobody in this draft class will.
Totally agree about Marcus Smart,wouldnt be surprised if he blows them away in predraft workout and interview.
As far as Lavine,having watched at least 10 games of his,i agree he has lots of potential,but hes a player that honestly needs some time in the dleague next year.Not sure the lakers can afford such a pick at 7...i doubt Kobe will be patient with this rebuilding plan.Although if hes ok with teaching the young ones and ok with not winning now,then sure.