Saturday, February 21, 2015

Los Angeles Lakers' 2015 NBA Draft preview


The Lakers season is already over, for all intents and purposes, especially without Kobe Bryant, so it’s time to look forward to next season.

General manager Mitch Kupchak certainly was as he didn’t make any big moves ahead of the NBA’s trade deadline, even as every other team (or it seemed) did.

Los Angeles will likely have a top 5 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and that will be a major bonus as the draft is stacked with a number of great talents.

Here are 5 players the Lakers could take in June’s draft:

5) Kevon Looney (UCLA)

The local star is an undersized big man with great ability to finish around the rim. He can run the floor well but will need to get stronger to succeed in the NBA.

4) Karl-Anthony Towns (Kentucky)

The athletic big man has tremendous size and upside. He’s just raw and will need some seasoning, especially with his post offense game.

3) D’Angelo Russell (Ohio State)

He’s probably the best pure scorer in the draft. With good size, he can get his shot off versus nearly any other point guard. Only real question with him is his decision making.

2) Emmanuel Mudiay (International)

He’s the only true, elite level point guard in this draft. Some have compared him to John Wall but, with the level of competition in China, it certainly isn’t a lock. Must become a better shooter.
The Lakers season is already over, for all intents and purposes, especially without Kobe Bryant, so it’s time to look forward to...

1) Jahlil Okafor (Duke)

The Duke star is clearly the biggest prize in this draft. He’s nearly a perfect, low post, offensive player. The only real issue offensively is he doesn’t shoot free throws well. Defensively, he’s a bit of a mystery.