Saturday, June 30, 2012

L.A. picks up two Odom's

Yes the Clippers got Lamar Odom back to L.A., adding another inflamed flame to the bunkmate rivalry but heck the Lakers did get a great guard prospect in Darius Johnson-Odom. 

After making big roster moves on the trade deadline last season the Lakers found themselves losing both of their 2012 first round picks in the shuffle. Despite the setback, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak was determined to make the most of what limited arsenal he had.

Here's how the 2012 NBA Draft went for the Lakers:

Lakers purchased Dallas' second round draft pick (55th overall) for roughly $500,000, picking up Marquette guard Darius Johnson-Odom and also selected Gonzaga center Robert Sacre with their 60th and final pick of the 2012 NBA draft.

If these two players officially make the roster after training camp here's how they can add depth to the Lakers bench:

Last season as an MU Eagle Darius Johnson-Odom averaged 18 PTS and 3 AST while getting 33 minutes of PT. Darius isn't afraid to shoot the ball behind the arc either having averaged 6 3PA. In a loss against Georgetown last season he had 11 3PA - only dropping in 4. He needs to shoot better consistently in order to help the Lakers' 3PT shooting.

Last season as a GU Bulldog Robert Sacre averaged 12 PTS and 6 REBS while getting 26 minutes of PT. Being he's a 7-foot center, Sacre instantly adds height. He also shot 76% at the charity stripe making 150 of his 197 FTA. Not bad for a big man.

Can these two late second round draft picks secretly be among the NBA's future elite?

The odds are heavily stacked against them. Since the NBA draft went to two rounds, only 11 second-rounders have gone on to become All-Stars: Ginobili, Jeff Hornacek, Dennis Rodman, Cedric Ceballos, Nick Van Exel, Antonio Davis, Michael Redd, Gilbert Arenas, Carlos Boozer, Rashard Lewis and Marc Gasol.

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