By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on June 12, 2014
The Los Angeles Lakers are an enigma within a question right now. Who they will take with the seventh pick in the NBA draft is still an absolute mystery, and that is because they have still not picked a head coach. Byron Scott, a well deserving contender considering his relationship with Kobe Bryant, looks like the frontrunner for the position, but you can never underestimate the stupidity of Jimmy Buss.
Dante Exum is one of the huge X-factors of this summer's NBA Draft, and we will have to see where he ends up going. His jump shot is still a question mark at this point; however, he has great size for his position. He is also a gamble due to the lack of game tape on him, but that is just this scribe's opinion.
I only put Julius Randle on this list due to the latest news. Apparently, some NBA teams are concerned that the power forward's foot surgery during his senior year is still a lingering issue. He will likley need to miss summer league, but he could be ready by the start of the season. If that remains true in the coming weeks, then I could see Randle drawing a medical red-flag from the first ten or so teams in the draft.
Noah Vonleh makes this list due to some comments recently by Jalen Rose. The ABC analyst saw a couple of the power forward's games in this past season, and apparently the young man has a habit of disappearing at times. Of course, sometimes it is difficult to play with energy when your team is in a huge losing slump.
I love Doug McDermott as a player, but the Lakers would just be an odd fit for him. The sweet shooting forward out of Creighton would do much better with a more playoff ready team. I am not sure how much Kobe Bryant would be willing to defer to McDermott, although maybe they would get along tremendously.
The Duke Blue Devils forward was a beautiful complement to Jabari Parker, and maybe the Lakers believe Kobe Bryant could play a similar role to Rodney Hood. I have my doubts. I like Hood's potential in the long-term, but Jim Buss' team needs playoff ready talent at this point. The window is closing on Bryant, and they better act quick if they don't want to lose him to the New York Knicks.
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