That fact was clearly evident when the team selected Kentucky standout Julius Randle with the No. 7 overall selection and traded for the rights of Missouri's Jordan Clarkson at No. 46 overall.
Both of those players have the capability of earning plenty of time on the court during their rookie seasons.
The Lakers weren't done.
On Friday morning, Los Angeles added a couple of very capable prospects to its summer-league team in Las Vegas.
First, Adam Zagoria of NBA.com tweeted former Iowa State guard DeAndre Kane would be heading to Las Vegas:
Kane is a bit mature for a rookie at 25 years of age; however, that works nicely for the Lakers.
Highly experienced, Kane spent three years playing with Marshall before leading the Cyclones to the 2014 NCAA tournament's Elite Eight. At 6'4" and 200 pounds, Kane has great size for a guard and is reliable in all phases of the game.
He averaged 17.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game last season while shooting 48.3 percent from the floor and 39.8 percent from downtown. A natural leader, Kane has what it takes to impress over the summer.
According to a tweet from Basketball Predictions, they seem to think Kane could have even helped the Lakers last season:
Here's a look at Kane's profile:
Shortly after Zagoria's report came a tweet from Bob Baptist of The Columbus Dispatch announcing the summer-league entry of former Ohio State forward LaQuinton Ross:
Ross has decent size for his position at 6'8" and 220 pounds; however, his length is even more impressive given his huge wingspan.
The 21-year-old's draft stock may have fallen slightly when he showed up at the draft combine well over his playing weight, but his scoring ability is still undeniable.
As a junior at Ohio State, Ross averaged 15.2 points per game while shooting 44.7 percent from the floor and 35.3 percent from behind the arc. He did much better from downtown at the combine, connecting on 55 of 80 three-point attempts.
Ross will have to keep his weight under control and is more likely to be a long shot to inevitably make the Lakers roster, but he certainly can't be ruled out—especially if he can keep up his scoring consistency.
Here's a look at Ross' profile:
Both Kane and Ross have enough college experience to be readily prepared for the summer league—both mentally and physically.
After all, Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy considers these athletes to be two of the top undrafted players this year:
With Los Angeles looking for instant contributors, the team was wise to give these two athletes the opportunity to perform and showcase their abilities yet again before the start of the 2014 season.
Due to the current state of flux of the Lakers roster, it shouldn't come as a surprise to see at least one of these players occupying a position in Los Angeles in the future.
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