The Los Angeles Lakers will pick seventh in the 2014 NBA Draft - not as high as they might have liked, but still good enough in this deep draft class to pick up a difference-maker. While elite players like Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker will be gone by #7, there will still be several tempting options on the board...here are three players the Lakers are likely to target with their highest pick since 2005.
1. Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana
Vonleh is an absolute monster on the boards, and would be an especially tempting prospect if the Lakers part ways with Pau Gasol this summer. He has the size and work ethic to be an elite NBA Power Forward, but his game needs polish. Read more about Vonleh and check out his highlights in our complete profile.
2. Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona
Gordon presents a different kind of option at power forward - with killer athleticism and a fantastic motor, he can contribute in a variety of ways. His only drawback is his size...stuck between the 3 and the 4, the Lakers would have to decide whether to keep him as an undersized 4 or convert him to a small forward in the NBA. Find out more about Gordon's NBA future and check out his highlight reel in our complete profile.
3. Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State
It's no secret that the Lakers are looking for an upgrade at point guard...today's Deron Williams rumors were just the latest evidence. It's unclear whether the Lakers will pursue a PG through a trade or through the draft, but should they decide to draft their point guard of the future, Smart is an intriguing option. With great NBA size, excellent court vision and a high basketball IQ, Smart is the best PG in the draft not named Jabari Parker, and he should get some serious consideration from LA. Check out more on Smart in his complete draft profile.
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