The Los Angeles Lakers insist that they want to put a team around Kobe Bryant that can compete immediately. With the seventh pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, it may be difficult to find a player who can transition to the professional level and be an important member of the team. Julius Randle is one of the few players in the draft who has the skill-set and physical tools to contribute right away, and could be a player the Lakers look at if they choose to enter a win-now mode.
Randle started dominating college games from the first time he stepped on the court. His size made him extremely difficult to guard, as he was often able to impose his will in the paint. Few players could match his physicality. He was a double-double machine who was one of the lone bright spots to the team at the beginning of the season.
He is a rebounding machine, a skill that should translate well in the NBA. He goes hard after every ball, and is excellent on the offensive glass. He has a great motor and works hard to score. He won’t necessarily be able to bully his way to score like he did in college, but he has enough skills to overcome this.
Randle’s ability to score and rebound will make him a valuable asset as a rookie. He will likely be competing for NBA Rookie of the Year, and should play big minutes in his first year. He already has the size to play power forward in the league, and will not be intimidated by older players. He plays with a certain intensity that few can match, and would be able to contribute to a Lakers team in desperate need of talent.