The 3 Most Intriguing 2014 NBA Draft Prospects for LA Lakers

The playoffs only mean one thing to fans of the Los Angeles Lakers: The draft lottery is almost here!

The Lakers have a 6.3 percent chance of lucking into the No. 1 overall selection, and about a 21.5 percent chance of picking in the top three.

However, with the sixth-worst record in the NBA, it's most likely (44 percent odds) that L.A. will be drafting in the No. 6 slot this June.

With that in mind, let's zero in on the three most intriguing prospects who may still be on the board at that juncture. 


Julius Randle

Julius Randle currently sits fifth on ESPN NBA draft guru Chad Ford's Top 100 list, but Ford has him going at No. 6 (to the Lakers) in his latest mock draft.

The freshman power forward was expected to be in the mix for the No. 1 overall pick coming into the season, but by consensus he has dropped out of that race.

Randle didn't dominate college basketball like many thought he would, but he was still extremely effective.

His combination of size, strength and speed allowed him to face up and get to the basket almost at will.

He plowed through smaller defenders and simply went around bigger ones on his way to the rim, earning over seven free-throw attempts per game.

The Kentucky big man showed a deft touch around the basket, but didn't flash the range most expected him to have.

A 50 percent two-point percentage was below average for his position, and he cashed in on just 70 percent of his free throws.

Still, he has the foundation for a reliable mid-range jumper and should develop that part of his game quickly upon entering the league.

Everyone wants to compare Randle to Zach Randolph, but he's not as offensively gifted as Z-Bo was at the same age. Regardless, he has all the skills to become a front-line scorer on offense.

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