The Lakers don't have a first round pick, but with all the talent coming back, does it even matter?
After winning the championship less than a week ago, the Lakers shouldn't be pouring all their resources into the draft this year. With two second round picks, the biggest thing they are looking for is a guy that can provide depth and play sparingly for them.
So what will the Lakers be looking at in the second round?
Will it be a shooter who can provide a spark off the bench? What about a point guard that can fill in for Jordan Farmar or Derek Fisher? Or will they go with big men like Brian Zoubek or Luke Harongody to bolster their presence in the post?
We'll find out tomorrow night as the Lakers look to improve their already deep lineup. Here are the best prospects for them at both the No. 43 and 58 picks.
The Lakers could possibly lose multiple guards to free agency this season, so acquiring a quality scorer from the point or shooting guard position is a must.
Vasquez definitely qualifies as a great scorer. He is able to create his own shot and showed he can take over games for the Terrapins last season.
He averaged 19.6 points for Maryland last year and showed his versatility by making things happen from all over the court.
He'll need some development, however, since he doesn't particularly thrive at one element, whether it's shooting or dishing.
After being one of the most exciting players for Maryland last season, Vasquez would be an attractive pick for the Lakers here at No. 43.
With Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol constantly drawing double teams, a spot-up shooter would be perfect for the Lakers.
Scheyer would offer that for LA. He was one of the better shooters in college basketball last year. He'd be perfect as a catch-and-shoot player off the double team.
Sasha Vujacic hasn't provided the answer for this role for the Lakers. Scheyer and other players in this draft can come in and fill the void.
Torrance is a quality combo guard that should be available when the Lakers come up at No. 43.
He excelled at both point guard and shooting guard, which could allow him to step in for any of the guards the Lakers lose in free agency.
Torrance also offers great size at 6'5", 209 lbs. If Shannon Brown were to somehow squeak away from the Lakers, Torrance's size and athleticism could make him a likely candidate to take over for him.
Talks of Randle going to Los Angeles have surfaced a lot lately, and the pick definitely makes sense.
Randle is a pure point guard, and could step in if Farmar and Fisher leave. He may be undersized, but he would provide great quickness from the position and could be a difference-maker.
He also is an accurate shooter, something Los Angeles is definitely looking for before next season. Randle was a 45.7 percent shooter last year and averaged 18.6 points per game for the Golden Bears.
With the Lakers having questions at point guard, don't be surprised if Randle is selected here.
Like Randle, it has been strongly rumored that the Lakers have some interest in Harangody as they prepare for the draft.
Harangody was one of the best big men in the country for the Irish. He always made his presence in the post known and was a great post-up scorer.
He lacks supreme athleticism, but Harangody could give players like Gasol or Bynum a break in the post.
Overall, Harangody is a hard-worker and definitely someone the Lakers will be looking at once draft night rolls around.
A 7'1" monster in the post, Zoubek would be hard to pass on with the 58th pick in the draft.
Although he is lacking on the offensive end (only 5.6 points per game in 2009-10), he is a stalwart on the defense and was one of the best defensive post men in the country last season.
Like Harangody, he lacks supreme athleticism. But his ability on the defensive end is definitely tantalizing.
With increasing talk of the Lakers selecting a big man with one of their picks, Zoubek would provide a quality pick towards the end of the draft.
If they don't get their point guard at 43 and if Collins is on the board, the Lakers should promptly snatch him up with the 58th pick.
Collins was arguably Kansas' top player on a stacked team. He also was the team's leader from his point guard position.
He's a natural leader and would fit in well with the Lakers' winning mentality.
If Fisher is to walk, Collins would seem like a perfect fit to take over in time for the point guard.
Clemente is another intriguing choice from the point guard position.
Like Collins, he's a natural leader who was an integral part in Kansas State's run this last year.
But also like Collins, Clemente lacks elite size from the point guard position. He barely pushes six feet.
Clemente would offer some relief at point guard, but doesn't have the upside that players like Collins and Randle offer. He's already 24 and doesn't have top physical tools that other point guard prospects have.
If the Lakers are looking for a spot-up shooter late in the draft, Rautins would be a superb fit.
The Syracuse shooting guard is known for his shot and range. With the Lakers looking for a shooter like Vujacic, Rautins could provide a similar player.
He's also an extremely intelligent player whose adjustment to the NBA would be pretty fluid.
One downside about Rautins is his lack of athleticism, but for the role the Lakers would ask from him, I believe he'd be perfect.
Ndiaye is arguably one of the most athletic centers in the draft and is an incredible shot-blocker. He averaged 4.5 blocks per game for Rutgers this last season.
He'd be able to give some support in the post with Gasol and Bynum out.
The downside about Ndiaye is that he's still a very raw product and hasn't been playing organized basketball very long.
With some time and effort, he could develop into a quality player for the Lakers.