2011 NBA Draft Grades: Los Angeles Lakers Grab Two-for-One Deal
The Los Angeles Lakers came into the draft needing to find a playmaking point guard, and all they had were two second-round picks. Given that, they simply made the most of what they had and used both picks on point guards.
The first guard they took was Michigan’s Darius Morris with the 41st pick. The Lakers got great value, and he is a guy that could be very good, but he needs a year or two of training first, as I believe he declared for the draft a year too early.
The Lakers used the 46th pick on Andrew Goudelock of Charleston. He is an amazing shooter and someone who I like more than most other experts, so I like this pick. However, much like Kemba and Kimmer, he’s not a pure point guard, and will have to learn to pass and be the main ball handler.
The Lakers also snagged Ater Majok, who I know nothing about. Having Morris and Goudelock compete for the starting job while Derek Fisher holds the fort is a smart move. The two will bring out the best in each other, and the Lakers will not have to worry about that position if that strategy pans out, though both could end up being non-factors.
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