5 Draft Prospects Lakers Should Keep Their Eye on This College Basketball Season

As the 2013-14 Los Angeles Lakers continue to fall further and further from playoff contention, it’s time for the front office to focus full attention on the incoming NBA draft class.

Due to a laundry list of injuries that went from ridiculous to downright laughable, the Lakers haven’t been able to carve an identity. As a result of those frustrations, the Lakers have compiled a 16-27 record.

Head coach Mike D’Antoni utilized his 13th different starting lineup on Dec. 23 against the Phoenix Suns, according to Shahan Ahmed of NBC. That total has since ballooned to 21 different starting rotations with Kendall Marshall and rookie Ryan Kelly being thrust into the fold.

The long-term outlook is bleak in Lakerland. The only players under contract for the 2014-15 season are Kobe Bryant ($23.5 million), Steve Nash ($9.701 million), Robert Sacre ($915,243), Nick Young (if he picks up his player option) and Kendall Marshall (if L.A. picks up his non-guaranteed contract for next year), per ShamSports.

Needless to say, that isn't the makings of a playoff contender.

General manager Mitch Kupchak and Co. can change the future, but only if they add a difference maker in the 2014 NBA draft.

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