2014 NBA Mock Draft: Predicting the Los Angeles Lakers' Pick

By Ryan Ratty
Julius Randle, Boston Celtics Draft Profile
Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers were horrible last year. Despite being the first team eliminated from the playoffs, the Lakers will have championship aspirations with the return of Kobe Bryant in 2014. Bryant has had injury problems with his Achilles and his knee in the past year, and the clock is running out for No. 24 to capture title No. 6.

The Lakers need to find a superstar to place next to Bryant and they will have a great chance to do so with a top-10 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

This year’s draft class is one of the best in recent memory and there are many players the Lakers could draft who could have an immediate impact. The three players who stand out to me are Julius Randle, Marcus Smart and Aaron Gordon. Randle is a player who could become a double-double threat for the most part of his future career.

Steve Nash might never play again and with that being said, the Lakers could look into drafting a point guard when they are on the clock next week. Smart is a player who has a ton of potential. He is a big point guard at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, and he has one of the nicest strokes in this year’s draft class. Gordon is a guy who has a ton of potential, but his game needs a ton of refinement. Gordon is by far the most athletic player in this draft class.

With the rumors of the Lakers looking into trading Pau Gasol, drafting Randle would be an excellent pick if he slides to the Lakers’ draft spot. Randle has some knee concerns and he could actually fall because of that. Randle could be an immediate All-Star and the combination of Bryant and Randle could be a real good one.

Ryan Ratty is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @RyanRattyNFL or add him to your network on Google.

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