2015 NBA Draft: Los Angeles Lakers’ Biggest Needs

The Los Angeles Lakers haven't historically used the NBA draft to fill their needs, instead relying on free agency and trades to vault right back into the realm of contenders. But things are different in 2015, as the Purple and Gold are coming off arguably their worst back-to-back seasons ever and heading into the selection process with quite a few needs. 

Somehow, 2014-15 was only the second time in franchise history that the Lakers had failed to win at least 25 games. Their 21 wins won't go down as the fewest, thanks to a 19-53 Minneapolis Lakers bunch in 1957-58, but their win percentage was actually lower than any other iteration.

With limited talent and an injured Kobe Bryant, they were just that bad. 

Now, the 2015 NBA draft offers a chance to turn things around.

Following some fortuitous bounces of the pingpong balls in the draft lottery, the Lakers will trail only the Minnesota Timberwolves in the June 25 proceedings, then they'll have two more picks later on in the night. There's a chance to add some serious talent to a depleted roster virtually devoid of long-term keepers, and they can't afford to misfire. 

Of course, there are many needs heading into the offseason. That much should be blindingly obvious after a 21-win season filled with humiliating outings.

But some needs still stand out above the rest. 

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