Okay so in tonight’s NBA Draft the LA Lakers have the 43rd and 58th picks, pretty low second round picks if you ask me, however this draft is one of the deepest in a long time and the second round could provide some pretty big steals.
So let’s look at the Lakers needs? A point guard? A back up to Derrick Fished who is not Jordan Farmar, apparently Farmar is not happy in LA and is demanding a trade, also Fisher is getting pretty old and losing his step he is however 100% clutch, so according to the official mock over at http://www.hypebball.com/p/nba-draft-2010.html
The players that they could take at 43th include:
Jerome Randle from the University of California, a lights-out-shooter from deep a quick guard who is much like Rajon Rondo, if the Lakers play Boston again in the finals (which I doubt) he could come in useful. His drive and dish could work with the Lakers big and he can learn so much from Fisher.
Jon Scheyer from Duke, a true champion a guy who stayed 4years in college and worked on his game, championship experience which will be vital in a playoff run for the Lakers to three-peat, And again another light out shooter who can spread the floor and dish to the bigs.
Denis Clemente is who we have the Lakers taking at 58th another experienced point guard who this time comes from K-State. I feel he is again an improvement over Farmer and can allow Fisher to get some deserved rest.
Possibly Armon Johnson however we have him being taken 41st by the Miami Heat, he is a great little guard who can run the floor and find the open man he could possibly run 2 guard if needs be due to his ability to score and he is a slightly taller than the above at 6’ 3”.
Another possibility is Sherron Collins, he could be a first round pick or he could be a late second rounder at the moment no-one seems to know however he is strong, I kind of see him as a Ty Lawson kind of guy big build but quick and another guy who could end up like Jason Kidd, Chauncey Billups or Deron Williams.
Okay so that’s it for the first need a good pack-up point guard who can take minutes off Fisher without being a total drag to the team Some of the above players could also be taken with the 58th pick however at this moment in time I truly feel Jerome Randle is the best pick for the LA Lakers with the 43rd pick.
Now for the next need, a back up big man, Bynum and Gasol have so much work to do with not great back-ups obviously there is Odom but he is a completely different player to their two so I feel they need to take a big man with the 58th pick especially in this big man heavy draft.
The possible picks according to http://www.hypebball.com/p/nba-draft-2010.html are Samardo Samuels and according to www.nbadraft.net also available will be Latavious Williams who we have going to Dallas.
Samardo I feel cannot come in and contribute straight away, he didn’t play great last season so I feel out of the two Latavious is a much more complete player, much like Odom he is a big power forward and has played the last season in the d-league giving him all that extra experience, He would be a great fit for the Lakers. Samardo on the other-hand could possibly end up eing a great player if say Kareem worked with him...
Another guy who I feel could come in straight away is possibly one of the top players from Europe. Kevin Seraphin who is currently injured but still in the draft and could, injury depending come in and contribute straight away to a Lakers three-peat.
In general I feel the chances of a Lakers Three-peat is very high, if in the draft the Lakers manage to pick up Jerome Randle at 43rd and grab either Kevin Seraphin, Latavious Williams or Samardo Samuels at 58th I feel the Three-Peat is a sure thing no matter where Lebron goes because as Kobe said ‘I don’t give a 'beep' where Lebron goes’.