03 Jan 2018 20:19:35
The Lakers drafted great, getting good players the last 4 years.
2014:
7 pick: Randle
46 J Clarckson
2015:
2 Russell
27 Nance
2016
2 Ingram
32 Zubac
2017
2 Ball
27 Kuzma

So why shouldn't they trust the proces? taking bad contracts for extra draft picks.


Spurs: B Lopez
NY: D Green+ C Brewer
LA: J Noah+ P Gasol+ 1rnd pick NY 2018+ 1rnd pick spurs 2018+ 1rnd pick NY 2020


1.) 03 Jan 2018
03 Jan 2018 20:49:52
The Spurs give up a lot for a guy who's production on a bad team this year isn't even as good as Gasol's.


2.) 03 Jan 2018
03 Jan 2018 21:11:14
Popovitch is a great coach for B Lopez. But they do the trade because he's becomming a free agent. so they can go for PG13 or D Cousins next year.


3.) 04 Jan 2018
03 Jan 2018 22:22:07
Did this guy really just say the Lakers draft well? Randle sucks, Ingram hasn't done aNything, Russell was terrible for the Lakers, and ball is a joke no matter how much the media trays to hype him up.


4.) 04 Jan 2018
04 Jan 2018 03:51:43
it wouldn't be a bad idea to take bad contracts and picks as u suggest, but the lakers don't seem super interested in a classic rebuild. the d-lo+mosgov (bad contract) for lopez (expiring) proves that and its no secret they are trying to do more of the same.
so in theory, yes the lakers could build a nice team thru the draft, but it seems they are trying to skip a few steps haha

@gasupo your response runs parallel to your rebuild concept, if they take noah and gasol with deng still on the roster, they have less than 20 mil in cap assuming they let kcp walk (unless u are saying the spurs chase a max fa)


5.) 04 Jan 2018
04 Jan 2018 13:32:33
@donadomsky
The spurs should go after PG13

LMA-K Leonard-PG13 would be a great big three.


6.) 04 Jan 2018
04 Jan 2018 13:34:45
Let's be fair, Lakers have draft picks in the last four years have been hit and miss. Kuz, Nance and Clarkson have all been later draft gems, but Randle and Russell have been questionable as top picks. The verdict is still out on Ingram and Ball, though Brandon seems to be coming around some.

Skills, Gasupo, let's avoid the extremes.


7.) 04 Jan 2018
04 Jan 2018 17:32:17
Triangle, agree. It's been a mixed bag, but in my opion, gms get to much credit and to much blame for the draft. I feel like luck and how well your coach develops players has almost as much to do with it as who the gm finally picks after scouts have done their jobs. Just for example, Cleveland debated wether to pick Derrick Williams or Irving with the first pick, so if they had the 2nd pick that year we can only assume Williams would have been a Cav and Sacramento had 3 2nd round picks and with the last one they chose IT.


8.) 05 Jan 2018
05 Jan 2018 15:22:47
I think it's fair to say the Lakers have drafted pretty well. They've obviously hit on their later picks, and I think they've done pretty well on their high picks as well. Ingram has started to show, and everyone evaluated him as someone who would need to grow into an NBA body. Randle has been hit and miss, but who else would you have really taken at 7 that year? The next three guys off the board were Stauskas, Vonleh and Payton. Those guys aren't exactly lighting the world on fire. Russell can be argued, since Porzingis wound up being taken just two picks later, but I think Russell can still be as good as anyone else drafted after him in the top ten.

All of these guys are legitimate players in the NBA at the very least, which to me is a pretty solid track record. The big sticking point is going to be Ball. It looks as though there are going to be a few great players taken after #2, not the least of which will be Tatum taken by Boston at 3, while Ball looks as though he might have a ceiling of Jason Williams if he doesn't fix his shot. That's not a terrible addition to a team, but might be looked down upon as a #2 overall pick.