The Los Angeles Lakers have been the joke of the NBA this season, but their fortune could be turning around soon. With Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash expected to return from injury next season, their squad will be very strong offensively. However, their main problem last season was their horrible defense, which they must address in the 2014 NBA Draft.
The 2014 NBA Draft has a lot of players that the Lakers could benefit from drafting, but one of the more underrated prospects that LA should take a look at is Florida Gators’ star Patric Young.
Young was a Center for the Gators, who averaged around 10 points and six rebounds for the last three years at Florida. His stats don’t stand out, but it’s his physicality and defense that will impress scouts. He seems to be involved in everything defensively and is a smart player that could become a role-player early in his career.
Unfortunately, the Lakers only pick once in the first-round and have zero picks for the rest of the draft. If they were to earn a top three pick in the NBA Lottery, they could trade down a couple of places with a team with more picks in the second round for a few more chances at players like Young. LA wants a new star to put alongside Bryant, but they aren’t going to win games unless they can get some players into the squad that can play defense and contribute.
Young, although not worthy of wasting a potential early 2014 NBA Draft pick on, could be a valuable asset for a team like the Lakers, who need all the help they can get defensively. If he falls out of the draft and into undrafted free agency, LA needs to make a move.