In the 2014 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Lakers finally had one of their picks to use in the first round. Here are four players they should have drafted with the 7th overall pick.
After the failed superteam for the Los Angeles Lakers, they went through a rough stretch for the franchise until just recently. Due to the big trades that brought in stars to play with Kobe Bryant, the Lakers were limited with what they could do in the draft.
The Lakers did have one of their first-round picks in 2014 and used it to select Julius Randle from Kentucky. Randle had as bad of a first season in the NBA as you could have, as he got hurt in his first game and missed the entire season because of it.
Since then, Randle has gone on to become a good pro in the NBA, but winning games hasn’t been something that has followed him. Randle ended up spending four seasons with the Lakers and was part of a solid young core of players.
With the Lakers, Randle averaged 13.5 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, as he was frequently getting double-doubles. Randle was constantly improving with the Lakers, but he took a jump forward in his one season with the New Orleans Pelicans, as he averaged just over 20 points per game.
Randle didn’t stay in New Orleans long, as he signed with the New York Knicks, where he is playing well so far. Unfortunately for Randle, he has yet to see any team success, as he has never appeared in the playoffs yet.
Even though Randle is having a good career, here are four players the Lakers should have taken over him looking back.