2011 NBA Draft Grades: Grading Darius Morris and L.A. Lakers Draft Picks

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2011 NBA Draft Grades: Grading Darius Morris and L.A. Lakers Draft Picks
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After three and a half hours of waiting, the Los Angeles Lakers finally got to make their first pick in the 2011 NBA Draft—and he was worth the wait.

Darius Morris was projected as a late first round/early second round pick, but fell all the way down to the Lakers at pick 41.

The Lakers were able to pick up a combo guard at pick 46 in Andrew Goudelock—a pick that many mock drafts correctly predicted.  

So when it was all said and done, GM Mitch Kupchak stayed true to his word of selecting guards with the Lakers first two picks.

That's where things got interesting, at pick No. 56, the Lakers took Chukwudiebere Maduabum, a 6'9" NBA D-League forward from Nigeria.

UPDATE:  The Lakers have traded Maduabum to the Denver Nuggets for a future second-round pick. 

And if that doesn't impress you, at pick No. 58, the Lakers took Ater Majok, a 6'10" power forward from Sudan.

Again staying true to form, Kupchak used his last two picks on players that the Lakers will stash overseas for a couple years as a result of their 2011-2012 roster already being full.

Now let's take a closer look at the Lakers' four second-round draft picks and their corresponding grades... 

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