The Los Angeles Lakers selected Kentucky big man Julius Randle with the seventh over all selection in the 2014 NBA Draft. The Lakers were trying to shop the pick around, but thought it would be more beneficial to actually draft a player. The rumors were dead as the Lakers took the clock, and questions began to arise as to who would be selected.
The Lakers were eyeing the likes of Marcus Smart, but with him being selected earlier than they hoped, the attention turned to Randle. It is pretty obvious that the Lakers need immense help at seemingly all positions not occupied by Kobe Bryant. With that being said, they have selected someone who will be productive from the very first game of the season.
The 6-foot-9 big man with a 7-foot wingspan was an absolute monster in college. Randle led the nation in rebounds, an area where the Lakers had the worst differential in. His hunger to clean up the glass will be a pleasant sight to Lakers fans. Randle has that old school mentality — a player who doesn’t mind banging down low and playing with his back to the basket.
A skill that Randle possesses could be a nightmare for any player who ends up guarding him. He has great foot speed for his size, which could cause headaches for any defender guarding him. Once he gains a consistent jump shot, Randle could end up becoming a cornerstone in Tinseltown for many years to come.
Randle is scheduled to play in the summer league this year, and Laker faithful will be anxious to see not only how he plays, but how his “injured” foot will hold up. The Lakers took a productive player who will have an immediate impact to the team for years to come.