By Daniel Brewster @Addicted2ThGmE on May 10, 2014
With the NBA Draft less than two months away, let’s take a look at potential players that the Los Angeles Lakers can draft. For this particular list, let’s assume that there are no conspiracies and that all of the consensus top five prospects are selected before the Lakers make their selection. Here are the five remaining top prospects that the Lakers should consider.
With Jabari Parker getting all of the attention, Rodney Hood was quietly one of the most productive players in the country averaging 16 points and four rebounds while shooting 45 percent from three. At 6’8, Hood is a prototypical NBA wing player who scores from anywhere on the court in addition to getting to the rim with relative ease. Hood plays to his talents and when focused can easily be the best player on the court at times.
After being named the Big 12 Freshman of the year, Gary Harris progressed even more during his sophomore year averaging 17.5 points, four rebounds and three assists. Harris has shown an ability to knock down shots from anywhere on the court in addition to getting his teammates the ball as well. Some will say that Harris is not a top-6 pick, but players coached by Tom Izzo have shown an ability to stick around and play very well.
At 6’8 and 220 pounds, Aaron Gordon is an athletic forward who plays a lot like Kennth Faried. Gordon is the type of player who does not need plays called for him and could still average double figures. What makes Gordon so interesting is that he can handle the ball in the open court in addition to being able to guard four positions. Gordon works hard and would be a great asset to what should be a young Lakers team next season.
Perhaps the most intriguing prospect in the entire draft, Kyle Anderson would be a great fit for the Lakers. At 6’9, Anderson played point guard for the UCLA Bruins and averaged 15 points, nine rebounds and seven assists per game. Anderson can play four positions and his versatility would solve several glaring holes for the Lakers. Despite being called slow, Anderson can step in right away and provide the Lakers with tons of help.
One of the biggest needs for Lakers moving forward is point guard. Marcus Smart presents the perfect fit for the Lakers. Smart is a 6’4, 220 pound freakishly athletic point guard who can get out on the open floor and run and finish over anyone. Because Smart is taller than most NBA guards he can shoot the ball over other guards in half-court sets as well. Smart has shown to be ultra competitive which would sit well with Kobe Bryant.
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