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Lakers get their point guard in NBA Draft and a lights out shooter: Fan analysis
The Los Angeles Lakers did not get their number one choice for a point guard but they did get the best point guard on the board when they found Darius Morris of Michigan with the No. 41 pick overall in the NBA Draft . The Lakers also grabbed a strong three-point shooter for scoring punch off the bench when they picked College of Charleston guard Andrew Goudelock with the No. 46 pick.
The Lakers were desperately seeking a trade much of the day and many of the trade rumors involved Lamar Odom(notes). The offer of Odom to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the No. 2 pick and the rumors of Pau Gasol(notes) for Kevin Love(notes) and the No. 2 pick early in the day were pure speculation but there was some truth to deals involving Odom.
The Lakers may not have pulled their usual draft day magic but they did grab two serviceable players that can not only make the Lakers team but they can contribute as soon as next season, that is if there is a season. The shadow of the NBA Lockout is looming over the NBA and it is shaping the way most teams approached this NBA Draft.
Darius Morris, a 6' 5" point guard will provide match up advantages for the Lakers against smaller point guards and with Morris as a possible option off the bench he could be a spark the team needs. The Lakers already have Steve Blake(notes), Derek Fisher(notes) and Shannon Brown(notes) as point guard options but Fisher is getting long in the tooth and Brown can possibly be leaving through free agency soon.
Morris is a pass first play maker the Lakers need in the point guard position. He is a dynamic passer that takes pride in involving his teammates. This makes Morris the perfect candidate to spell the starting point guard and he may mesh well with Kobe Bryant(notes) and the rest of the starting five. Don't be surprised if Morris makes the Lakers team and he is an integral part of the team in the second half of many games.
The Lakers also picked up a shooter with their No. 46 pick. Andrew Goudelock ranks 39th all-time in scoring in NCAA D-1 history and he is unafraid to shoot from anywhere on the court. The pick will make Lakers coach Mike Brown's job a a little tougher. Goudelock admitted on a conference call he is not the best defensive player picked in the NBA Draft but "I can shoot until the day I die."
Goudelock has the right mix of cockiness and humility. He was genuinely excited when drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers, a team he hold in high esteem. Goudelock spoke of the history of the Los Angeles Lakers and the great players and said, "I always looked at the Lakers as a classy organization . "
Goudelock is the perfect scoring threat off the bench for the Lakers. He is unafraid to gamble and take shots from beyond downtown. He is quick to take shots and has incredible basketball instincts. Goudelock will be the spark that can take the open shot off the quick pass and he is also the man who can bring the ball up the court and stop and pop the pressure three-point shot. He is an exciting prospect that will be a Lakers pressure shooter for years to come. Don't compare him to Robert Horry just yet but in ten years the comparison is inevitable.
*Todd Jacobs is a native Southern California resident and longtime Los Angeles Lakers fan. Follow Todd on Twitter @LVIIToddJacobs.
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