LA drafted Eddie Jones 10th in 1994 and Andrew Bynum in the same spot in 2005. Jones was a solid player but he never developed into the perennial All-Star they thought they were getting and Bynum was injury prone, they traded him at the right time in his career because he was a headcase.
On Thursday, Los Angeles picked Julius Randle with the 7th overall pick in a loaded and deep draft and he might turn out to be the best lottery draft pick they have ever had. Randle has drawn comparison’s to a more athletic Zach Randolph, he averaged 15 points per game and 10.4 rebounds per game in his one season at the University of Kentucky. Randle could also develop into an outside shooter, he showed some range for the Wildcats who made the NCAA title game losing to Connecticut, 60-54.
At 6-9 he’s a bit short for power forward, but he has some bulk at 250 pounds and is a physical player, much like Randolph. He plays hard with effort and tenacity, is a solid defender and he very is coachable. Randle’s desire to play with Kobe Bryant and the Lakers was also a plus for a team that is in danger of losing big men Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill to free agency this summer.
Randle should give them a double-double threat for 10-12 years.
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