Grading Los Angeles Lakers’ Draft Day Decisions

During the 2013 NBA Draft, were the Los Angeles Lakers focused more on their No. 48 overall pick or the growing conviction that Dwight Howard will be leaving town?

Recent reports from ESPN's Chris Broussard seem to imply that the big man the Lakers have promised their future to isn't so excited about the offer. Forget the extra $30 million L.A. can pay him over a five-year, $118 million agreement, Dwight wants out.

In any case, GM Mitch Kupchak grabbed Duke center Ryan Kelly at the No. 48 spot, just before the clock struck midnight Thursday. 

Kelly missed a good chunk of his senior season with a foot injury (don't worry, he already had it operated on), but was able to make an impact when he returned. HIs best performance came in his first game back from the injury, when he torched the Miami Hurricanes for 36 points and hauled in seven rebounds.

As you can see from his performance against the Hurricanes, Kelly has a well-rounded skill set. Throughout the video you see him score off the dribble, hit threes from multiple points around the perimeter and charge up the Cameron Indoor crowd in the win.  

Unfortunately, Kelly's scoring magic did not carry over into the NCAA tournament. Brian failed to eclipse double-digits in scoring in any of the four March Madness games the Blue Devils played in 2013. 

Kelly is listed as a power forward, but at 6'11" is a threat to score from most parts of the floor. His combination of length and shooting ability makes him a better fit for Mike D'Antoni's offensive system than a big man with limited shooting range. 

His fit with D'Antoni's scheme has to be the most attractive draw that brought Kelly to L.A.

Kelly has potential to star as a system role player, and he should be able to learn a lot about having an inside-out post game from the veteran Pau Gasol. Although he has proven he can hit the three ball in college,...

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