NBA Draft 2011: Five Potential Guards for Los Angeles Lakers in the Second Round
Los Angeles has a gaping hole at the guard position with an aging Derek Fisher. They need an upgrade of youth, whether it comes via a trade, free agency or the draft.
If the Lakers can't strike a deal for a point guard such as Raymond Felton, there are some intriguing candidates in the second round they could look into.
The Lakers select 41st, 46th, 56th and 58th.
Let's take a look at who the Lakers could nab in the second round.
No 5: Andrew Goudelock
Weight: 198 lbs.
2010-2011: 23.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists.
Andrew Goudelock will be a shooting guard in the NBA rather than a point guard. He could provide some minutes at the point guard position if Mike Brown feels comfortable with him, but will most likely be featured as a shooting guard.
His shooting ability is one of the best in the entire draft class. He shot 41 percent from distance last season, but has unlimited range.
There is always room for a shooter on the floor in any level of basketball. He would be able to bring a three-point threat off the bench, spreading the floor for Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum down low.
No 4: Demetri McCamey
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Weight: 205 lbs.
Demetri McCamey has been slipping down the big board of many draft experts since his junior season at Illinois. His senior season was a drop-off in most statistical categories.
2010-2011: 14.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 6.1 assists.
2009-2010: 15.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 7.1 assists.
He did, however, increase his three-point percentage from 34 to 45 percent.
His floor game could help the Lakers immediately if given the opportunity to get minutes off the bench.
No 3: Isaiah Thomas
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Weight: 186 lbs.
2010-2011: 16.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 6.1 assists.
Isaiah Thomas could become the Lakers version of J.J. Barea next season, showcasing the ability to get to the rim. His toughness allows him to get into the lane and finish effectively.
Its one thing to want to take the final shot, but it's another to make the final shot, and Thomas does both. He loves clutch moments, proving that with pressure-packed second-half plays at Washington.
If the Lakers are really looking into being more athletic at the point guard position, Thomas would be a great candidate.
No 2: Charles Jenkins
Weight: 216 lbs.
2010-2011: 22.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists.
The Lakers pick 41st and Charles Jenkins may be gone before they are on the clock. If for some reason he is still available, he could help make an impact next season coming off the bench.
Jenkins can score in a variety of ways. He loves to drive and get to the free throw line, but is also dynamite from long range, shooting 42 percent from three in his senior season at Hofstra.
He is a tough, physical player from Queens, New York. New York guards are known for not only being able to drive, but to finish as well and Jenkins fits that category.
Whether its running the show as the point guard or being a scoring spark off the bench, Jenkins could provide plenty of options for Mike Brown.
No 1: Nolan Smith
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Weight: 188 lbs.
2010-2011: 20.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists.
Nolan Smith is a guard that has the capability of playing the one or two positions. He is more of a shooting guard, but the Lakers need help at the guard position in general, so he would be a good fit.
He loves to get to the rim with his quick first step and athleticism. His outside shot is inconsistent but he would prefer to keep it to a mid-range game, which is something he is more comfortable with.
One thing is for certain: Mike Brown would love Nolan Smith's defensive mind. He brings it every time he steps onto the floor, which is something that could have been helpful against Dallas and J.J. Barea.