2010 NBA Draft Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers, Who They'll Likely Pick
After earning their second NBA Championship in as many years, the Los Angeles Lakers have little to worry about.
Although thinking about next year seems a bit premature, the 2010 NBA draft will begin Thursday, pushing LA to think about its future.
The Lakers are stacked; there is really no weak position in LA, but time will eventually force a new era—an era without Kobe Bryant.
So how will the Lakers preserve their reputation of unwavering talent? Will it come down to the draft?
There is, however, a possibility the Lakers will be even more impressive next year with the addition of Toronto's Chris Bosh, provided he gets traded for Andrew Bynum and Jordan Farmar.
Regardless of whether they get Chris Bosh, the Laker franchise needs to create depth for its bench and make the best of what options it has in the draft.
Here is a list of some players who could help establish the future of Laker talent.
The Lakers will not have an opportunity to draft a new player until the second round—they have the 43rd and 58th overall picks.
With the possibility of losing their current point guards to free agency in Derek Fisher, Shannon Brown and Jordan Farmar, the Lakers should be most interested in getting a young point or shooting guard out of the draft.
One of the best potential choices for this position is Xavier's Jordan Crawford.
At 6'4" and 195 pounds, Crawford is an ideal size for guard in the NBA. Although the 21-year-old averaged 20.4 points per game for the Musketeers, he often failed to draw fouls.
Whether or not he is aggressive enough to even hold a tea candle to the likes of Derek Fisher, Crawford could prove a good choice for the Lakers' future.
Another possibility for the Lakers is Gonzaga's Matt Bouldin.
Six-foot-five and 224 pounds, Bouldin has a strong physique that could prove both offensively and defensively effective for the Lakers.
For the Zags, Bouldin averaged 15.6 points per game, but for the Lakers, Bouldin would most likely be used as a quick ball mover in the Lakers' triangle offense.
Another decent option for guard, Greivis Vasquez averaged 19.6 points per game for the University of Maryland Terrapins last season.
Vasquez is not particularly outstanding at any one element of play, but his versatility and general overall skills make him an attractive choice for the Lakers.
Given time and a number of better players from whom to learn, Vasquez could prove to be very talented as a professional.
University of California's Jerome Randle is another route the Lakers may take.
At 5'10" and 160 pounds, Randle is a little smaller than the previous players mentioned, but his passing and jump shooting abilities make him an intriguing choice for guard.
With the Golden Bears, Randle averaged 18.6 points per game. As a Laker, Randle would have the chance to develop into a truly talented player.
Unlike the four aforementioned guards, Brian Zoubek is a powerful center that could help the Lakers in the future.
At 7'1" and 250 pounds, Zoubek is a beast of a player. With his large wingspan and keen ability to pull down rebounds, Zoubek helped the Duke University Blue Devils earn a national championship title.
Because he already knows what it feels like to win, Zoubek may be an essential cog in the Lakers winning machine.