I'm throwing it out there because I think a case can be made that the Lakers came away with the best player, but because given where they were drafting they came away with incredible value that can contribute right away. Ron Artest had his ups and downs last year, and he did tend to struggle against 2s and quicker 3s. Devin Ebanks is going to be able to handle that task so that Kobe won't need to have the burden of chasing around the high scoring 2s. It really was stunning for me that he dropped as far as he did, and think that he is a lock for being regarded as a steal. In part, it will happen because he will be next to Kobe, Pau, and the rest of the Lakers, but to be the valuable stopper on a good teams requires the player to have the ability to be a stopper which Ebanks clearly is. Also, are the Lakers really going to be able to replace DJ Mbenga and Josh Powell with Derrick Caracter? He is going to cost half the money of either and he is already more polished.
With the exception of Philadelphia and the Lakers, I think there were flaws with each team's night. The other teams who would be in the conversation are Washington (Wall could win it for them, but they gave up max contract cap space for Seraphin?), Detroit (with all the big men still on the board at 36 is Terrico White worth passing on them), Oklahoma (if they are going to try to bring Pleiss over next year, then why not go for Whiteside to fill that same developmental role), Sacramento (which former King big are they going to bring back to mentor/babysit Cousins and Whiteside), the other team in Los Angeles (great value with Bledsoe and Warren, though I'm not sure Warren or Aminu will be ready to make any sort of significant contribution right away), San Antonio (I'm not sure what value Richards will bring if he wants to come to the US next year), and Philadelphia (Turner could maybe win it alone). I figure I will throw it out there to see whether I am alone in my praise of the Lakers draft.
I love what the lakers did. Luke walton is not reliable anymore due to injuries and now they have yet another wing player who can defend and take presure off kobe/ron. I didnt have caracter getting drafted, but he could be a sleeper. He has inside skills and the lakers bigs will put him a great spot to learn and develope. If he can give them 10-15 minutes in another year or two, the lakers will be happy.
I have to admit though, watching the grizz take grieves vasquez made me question whether that Pau Gasol trade was a smart move for the Lakers ;)
i hope you were joking
how can you say the gasol trade wasn't a good move for the lakers?
they got to every finals since then, and have won it all twice!! most teams haven't even done that yet
wow, i know sarcasm doesnt always carry over well on the computer, but really?
that was what the wink was for people.
I really like what the Lakers did with their only pick, Ebanks has the chance to be a lockdown defender in the NBA without a doubt, he can be a great asset to the Lakers especially since he was expected to be a lottery pick this year but his stock dropped a lot, probably one of the best steals of the draft.