The exact order hasn't been finalized, but the Lakers should have the 19th overall pick in this year's draft. Here's a list of some of the players who've been drafted in that slot the last couple of years:
2006: Quincy Douby, Sacramento
2005: Hakim Warrick, Memphis
2004: Dorrell Wright, Miami
2003: Alexander Pavlovic, Utah
2002: Ryan Humphrey, Utah
Warrik and Wright have turned out well. The rest, well....
OK, now here's a look at some of the players projected to be available in the 15-25 range of this year's draft, according to draftexpress.net
15. Al Thornton, Florida State 16. Jeff Green, Georgetown 17. Jason Smith, Colorado State 18. Rudy Fernandez, Spain 19. Nick Young, USC 20. Josh McRoberts, Duke 21. Brandon Rush, Kansas 22. Rodney Stuckey, Eastern Washington 23. Marco Belinelli, Italy 24. Marcus Williams, Arizona 25. Thaddeus Young, Georgia Tech
I think we could use another athletic wingman. So if we can get Thaddeus from GT i'd be extremely happy. A lot of potential and athletically gifted. Thorton and Green would also be a great option but Thorton is a better fit is an uptempo offense.
I've seen a few vids of Belinelli and Fernandez and they both look like solid prospects but i'm always hesitant of signing players from overseas.
I think we will end up with Young. If we do end up keeping our pick by trade deadline.
NBA Comparison: Josh Howard
Strengths: Young is a throwback player who really understands how to employ the mid-range jumper Ball handling ability is above average Will use a number of spins, hesitation moves and crossovers to gain separation for his pull-up jumper When he moves without the ball he shows solid ability to work off screens and convert catch and shoot plays Creative player who makes even the most difficult shots look easy Has three point range on his jump shot Not a bad finisher when he drives to the basket Has an good set of physical tools to be a competent defender on the next level with long arms, size and decent athleticism Possesses an solid understanding of the game and is very fundamentally sound Post up skills are advanced as he welcomes the opportunity to shoot his turnaround jumper Defensively when motivated Young can be a real force playing the passing lanes for easy steals Fearless player with a great deal of confidence in his ability An above average rebounder for his position thanks to his long arms
Weaknesses: Goes through periods in the game where he will settle for the jumper instead of driving to the basket and drawing fouls Doesnt get to the line as much as he should because of this Doesnt always maintain a high level of intensity on defense Some questions have been raised as to weather he has the killer instinct and toughness to consistently compete He isnt a mind blowing athlete, but above average Has a bad habit of standing around at times instead of moving without the ball When guarded by a great athlete Young lacks the explosive first step needed to get full separation from his defender Could stand to work on adding more upper body strength to his frame as he doesnt always finish after contact While he has three-point range he can go through periods of inconsistency Defensively he has a bad habit of reaching for steals instead of concentrating on his footwork Often Young can get himself into foul trouble
And if Al Thornton is availble might be a good pick up. IMO can be a better version of Brown or could end up like Marcus Doubt.
NBA Comparison: Al Harrington
Strengths: Physically Thornton is a jaw dropper type of athlete Because of the high energy level and aggressiveness Thornton plays with, he draws a good number of fouls from opposing players Has developed his upper body strength well and possesses an NBA ready body Does a great job of getting rebounds out of position thanks to his leaping ability and foot speed Runs the court like a guard Is a threat in transition where he is a tremendous finisher Loves to face-up the opposing defender and blow by them using his length and explosive first step Excellent lateral quickness enables him to be a very good help defender Owns a great set of hands that allows him to catch passes without problem, even bad passes Possesses three point range on his shot Converts with ease around the basket Despite being a senior that is a year older than most he has a load of potential that he has yet to scratch Versatile player who will be a match-up problem for most defenders Has developed into a great free throw shooter
Weaknesses: Despite his physical gifts hes not the rebounder one would expect Ball handling ability is satisfactory at the collegiate level but will clearly need to be refined as he is prone to turnovers Defensively while he is a adequate shot blocker, he still bites too often on pump fakes Mid-range shooting has improved but is still not consistent Back to the basket skills are still a work in progress Although he is an extremely talented player his ability to fit a position could be a concern Despite his age, his fundamentals and basketball IQ are still not yet there as he often relies more on his athleticism Lacks the court vision to be a real factor as a passer Tends to get frustrated at times and force shots that arent there Has a bad habit of getting out of control on his drives to the basket Will need to focus on developing his post footwork as it is unrefined ...
But the best pick up at this time I believe if we can get is Jeff Green
NBA Comparison: John Salmons/Lamar Odom
Strengths: Versatile player whos all around ability creates mismatches for opposing teams Above average passer with great court vision to recognize open teammates Very good ball handler for his size Defensively Green does a excellent job defending players on the perimeter With his size and length he is capable of guarding a multitude of positions on the floor Unselfish player almost to a fault Shows a good post up game that Green uses to take advantage of smaller defenders Sees double teams extremely well Excellent finisher around the basket with a soft touch and springy legs Smart player who possess a high basketball IQ Moves extremely well without the ball and is a threat for backdoor alley-opps Owns tremendous body control, capable of hanging in the air and finishing after contact Decision making ability is very good, rarely does Green make mental mistakes during crucial moments in a game Excellent finisher in transition where he has the explosiveness to finish Good rebounder who does a decent job of using his arms and leaping ability to get rebounds out of position Has three point range on his jumper, an area he has improved greatly upon this year Solid attitude in his approach to the game and will be a strong locker room guy in the NBA One of those select players who possesses a feel for the game that cant be taught
Weaknesses: While improved this year, Green still isnt very comfortable shooting from the perimeter Struggles to consistently create for himself off the dribble where his moves remain undeveloped Has a tendency to force passes that arent there leading to turnovers Will need to continue to expand his comfort level in shooting from mid-range Needs to develop more of a scorers mentality at times he doesnt assert himself on offense While he possesses a great deal of small forward skills, some may consider him more of a pf Would benefit greatly by improving his overall quickness and foot speed. This would aid him greatly on defense and allow him to gain better separation from his defender offensively Defensively Green has a habit of gambling too much by reaching, leading him to pick up fouls
i think we should trade away the 1st pick. anyone else?
I agree, as long as Mitch is still the GM, we may end up picking up the wrong player. So I believe our 19th pick has a lot more trade value before draft night. We still got two young ones that can be good later and don't need to waste any time for Kobe and Phil bringing in another Rookie. Phil don't like Rookies. And I wouldn't be surprise if a trade is done by Draft night.
with a draft like this and the lakers lack of interest in new players if they don't trade the picks they should go for the approach that the spurs use so well, draft the best athlete, don't draft to fill a position
if the lakers are so desperate to get old they should trade bynum and all the other young guys
They should trade Bynum because he has some value to other building teams out there, but most of the other younger guys have little potential to be stars in the NBA, so they cant get much for the rest.