June 28, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; A general view of the first round draft board at the conclusion of the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Roundtable: 2013 Lakers draft


With the NBA draft nearing, the writers here at Lake Show Life offer their thoughts on three prospects they feel the Lakers should select 48th overall.

Who should the Lakers draft with the 48th overall selection?

Skyler Gilbert:

Vander Blue/SG/6-5/Junior/Marquette

Blue was a solid guard for Marquette this year, a school that has produced NBA-caliber guards in the past (Dwyane Wade, Wesley Matthews, Jimmy Butler). He was a great defender and, although his offensive game is still raw, came alive in the NCAA tournament, scoring 18.3 PPG in four games

BJ Young/SG/6-3/Sophomore/Arkansas

Young was an Arkansas Razorback last season. He was a great scorer in the SEC and one of the best fast-break offensive players in the whole nation.

Ricky Ledo/SG/6-6/Freshman/Providence

Ledo was a freshman for Providence last year, but was forced to sit out the whole season due to academic issues. As a high school player, Ledo used his 6’7 length to be a high-effort defensive force who can get his fair share of steals.

Fern Rea:

Glen Rice Jr./SG/6-5/Junior/Georgia Tech

Rice Jr. is a perfect size to play the 2 guard position in the NBA at 6’5 and 206 pounds. Rice Jr. possesses a similar shooting touch from the outside as his father, but is a little more athletic and a great finisher around the rim. Rice Jr. scoring prowess would be a great find in the second round and fill a need for outside shooting help for the Lakers.

Rodney Williams/SF/6-7/Senior/Minnesota

The Lakers are in desperate need of youth, speed and athleticism; Rodney Williams fills all of those needs. Williams is an athletically gifted 6’7 wing player with a lengthy 6’10 foot wingspan. Williams’ tremendous athletic ability allows him to be a strong finisher around the basket and is devastating in the open court. Williams lacks refined offensive skills but his superior athletic ability alone is worth the Lakers taking him with their second round pick.

Andre Roberson/SF/6-7/Junior/Colorado

 Roberson is a 6’7 athletic freak with a good motor. Roberson will be able to immediately contribute at the NBA level as a situational perimeter wing defender and energy guy off the bench. Roberson has upside with the amount of natural athletic ability he possess and has room to grow on the offensive end of the floor.

Daniel Nicks:

Ryan Kelly/PF/6-11/Senior/Duke

There’s no doubt Kelly’s recent foot surgery will impact his draft stock – which could ultimately play right into the Lakers hands. He’s the quintessential stretch four and is a solid low post defender.

Michael Snaer/SG/6-5/Senior/Florida State

He never really realized the ceiling many thought he would at the collegiate level. But make no mistake, he’s a creative scorer and knocked down six game winning buzzer-beaters in his junior and senior seasons.

James Southerland/SF/6-8/Senior/Syracuse

He’s a streaky shooter. That’s an understatement. He’s an extremely streaky shooter. But when the kid is on – shades of Reggie Miller. His athleticism also sneaks up on you.

Caleb Cottrell:

Ryan Kelly/PF/6-11/Senior/Duke

I really like the 6’11 power forward out of Duke. He is a 40 percent shooter from beyond the three point line, which would be big because Mike D’Antoni likes having a stretch four on the team. I could see him being a step down from Ryan Anderson because he isn’t the best rebounder.

Pierre Jackson/PG/5-10/Senior/Baylor

This kid is as athletic as they come. I have heard someone compare Jackson to a better Nate Robinson. If this is true, he would be a great fit for the Lakers off the bench. He’s a bit undersized at 5’10, but that hasn’t stopped Nate Robinson or Isaiah Thomas. Jackson’s stats in his last season with Baylor: 20 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 36 percent from three (on 6.8 per game), and 42 percent from the field. I’d say the Lakers could use him.

Reggie Bullock/SG/6-7/Junior/North Carolina

The 6’7 junior out of North Carolina knows how to shoot the ball. In a more demanding role in his last season, Bullock shot 43.6 percent from three while scoring 14 points, dishing out 3 assits, and grabbing 6.5 rebounds a game. He can play both shooting guard and small forward, but he would need to bulk up a bit if he were to play small forward — he currently weighs 200 pounds. He has potential on the defensive end, but one scout said he doesn’t seem to focus on that side as much. If the Lakers don’t amnesty Metta World Peace, he could mentor Bullock to be the future starting small forward.

Of these players, which would you most like to see in a Lakers uniform next season?

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  • Caleb Cottrell

    Glen Rice Jr. would be a nice pickup, but I’m almost 100% positive he doesn’t make it out of the first round, let alone make it to the Lakers.

    • Fern Rea

      Yea he seems to be moving up the mock draft boards big time. Had he came out for last years draft after getting kicked off the Georgia Tech team he probably would have been a sure late 2nd round pick. Smart move as it turned out to forego it and play in the DLeague.

      NBA GMs got to see the kid play against better talent in the NBA DLeague this past season so theyll have a good feel of his potential. He was smoking hot to end the season in the NBA DLeague and along with Andrew Goudelock, carried his team to the championship.

      The one thing that can make this kid drop is teams being scared of his troubled past. The kid got suspended twice and then kicked off the team for his troubles off the court. Similar to Nick Van Exal, his perceived problems might make him drop.

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  • Skyler Gilbert

    As a Syracuse fan, I actually like James Southerland as someone for the Lakers. He is very long and a solid defender. He’s not the greatest athlete in the world, but is actually pretty athletic. He’s definitely a one-dimensional offensive player, with that one dimension being three-point shooting. During the Big East Tournament he lit it up–setting a record for most threes made in a single BET, but he seemed absent in key NCAA tourney games, including the semifinal game against Michigan. I see him as a poor man’s Shane Battier.