Could Los Angeles Lakers’ Other Draft Picks Be Key to Quick Turnaround?

Armed with the No. 2 overall draft pick, Mitch Kupchak's Los Angeles Lakers have a golden opportunity to enhance the roster on their quest to reclaim NBA glory.

But their other draft picks might the real key to resurgence.

Obviously, they're aiming to add a talented commodity with that top-five spot, and snagging the right guy is crucial. However, unlike most teams, the Lakers have multiple selections in the middle of the draft (No. 27 via trade with the Houston Rockets, and No. 34).

This pair of picks outside the lottery could be the X-factor that separates them from the rest of the rebuilding clubs. Strong role players and deep benches are vital for teams to weather the long season, and L.A.'s new assets can give them an edge. They could help give Kobe Bryant a worthwhile sendoff and put the Purple and Gold back in the limelight.

Let's dissect some of the top under-the-radar prospects who can help snap the franchise out of this two-year funk. Who are their top mid-draft targets, and how can they accelerate the franchise's reloading efforts?

There are some highly skilled and versatile candidates who should still be available at Nos. 27 and 34. If Los Angeles plucks a big man with its lottery pick, then it may focus on a guard or wing with its next selections.

One playmaker who could bolster the backcourt rotation and provide dynamic lineup flexibility is Utah's Delon Wright. The Lakers recently worked him out, and he has NBA bloodlines (he's the younger brother of 11-year NBA veteran Dorell Wright).

Wright's already 23 years old, and he's weathered plenty of Pac-12 storms, so he's ready to make an immediate impact with maturity and savvy. He stands 6'5.5" in shoes, has a 6'7.5" wingspan and most importantly, he's shown he can make an impact on both ends of the floor.

Although he's not blessed with explosive quickness or leaping prowess, Wright weaves to...

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