Comparing Mock Drafts for LA Lakers from Around the Web

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Comparing Mock Drafts for LA Lakers from Around the Web
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After charging their way into the playoffs at the very end of the season, the Lakers can only expect to utilize their No. 48 pick and the Memphis Grizzlies' No. 60 pick (due to the fact that the Lakers' rights to one of the Grizzlies' picks are protected through the first 55) to rebuild their roster. 

Starting with NBA Draft's mock, it appears as if the best prospect the Lakers can hope to get from their draft position is Mouhammadou Jaiteh.

As scouted by Duane Causwell, Jaiteh is a large and imposing big man with broad shoulders and the ability to utilize his body to be a force in the paint. His ability to box out and his soft touch around the rim are definitely advantages that the Lakers need to shore up a front line that may or may not retain Dwight Howard's services.

However, Jaiteh is not the greatest athlete. He doesn't have the fastest lateral quickness and isn't a great leaper. He is also very raw in terms of post moves and can't stretch the defense due to having poor shooting mechanics. 

 

While Jaiteh could potentially become a big body in the paint for the Lakers to utilize against the other physical big men in the league, Jordan Hill already fills this role and is a much better athlete. However, with the 48th pick, Jaiteh may be the best big man available. 

Draft Express has the Lakers selecting Alex Abrines, an international shooting guard out of Spain.

Abrines is a 6'6" shooting guard who weighs in at only 190 pounds. Playing only limited minutes during his tenure with FC Barcelona and being quite small for his height, he won't be much of a help shoring up one of the Lakers' biggest weaknesses (their perimeter defense). 

Walter Football's mock draft has the Lakers taking Will Clyburn, a purported jack-of-all-trades who can score and hit the glass. His weaknesses revolve around a tendency to turn the ball over unnecessarily, and his ball handling needs some work.

It is clear that the Lakers' most prominent problems cannot be solved through the draft, especially since they no longer have the rights to the 19th pick.

Perhaps Will Clyburn would be a better option than Jaiteh. He gives them a prospect at the wing position that could potentially mitigate the gaping hole that is their perimeter defense. 

Outside of a DeJuan Blair-like surprise in the second round, there are very few big men this late in the draft that can yield a really productive player. Jaiteh is too big of a risk and an international guard such as Abrines is too unproven and small.

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Clyburn rising up for the slam.

Drafting an athletic wing player or guard like Clyburn to supplement any moves the Lakers will make heading into next season would be he best course of action. 

Before It's News projects the 48th pick to be Erick Green, whose selection is intended to fill in the perimeter gap left by Kobe Bryant and his injury. 

While his projected draft value is a little high according to NBA Draft and Draft Express, there is no doubt that the Lakers could use the scoring punch from the guard positions. 

Leading the nation in scoring during his college career, the knock on Green's explosive scoring and one-on-one abilities is the fact that his slight build and lean frame make him too small to be a 2-guard in the NBA. However, he isn't a proven facilitator and has never had to respond to not being the primary option on offense.

However, it is clear that if Green is still on the board by the 48th pick, he would be a steal for the Lakers, who are in desperate need of some real talent at the point guard position.

Despite his upside, Green's slight build will make him a defensive liability, which means the Lakers' shoddy perimeter defense won't see a significant upgrade with him on the floor. 

While this may be an issue if the Lakers had a higher pick, drafting 48th means the Lakers must take the most talented player left on the board, regardless of position. If Green is still available, there are few players in the second round with his kind of scoring prowess and upside. 

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