Originally Posted by dd24
So you're saying you want the Lakers to draft a player who could potentially never even be a starter in the NBA? I'm totally against that. The last thing the Lakers need are more role players. They need potential starters. Whoever they draft in the top 4 isn't going to be a true impact player next year. But at least in a few years they could be. Those guys past the #8 spot are most likely going to just be role players. There will be few that will be lucky to be starters. The Lakers need to go with the player with the highest ceiling. The top 4 picks are pretty good this year and all fill positions of need for this team too.
Umm, what about Cauley-Stein makes you think he doesn't have the potential to be a starter? I mean, you have guys like Robin Lopez, Timefy Mozgov, Omer Asik, Kelly Olynyk (or whoever for Boston), Tiago Splitter, etc. all starting among playoff teams and Cauley-Stein will be a better defender than most, if not, all of those guys. WCS has the potential to be the best defensive anchor in the game in about five years, just needs to work on his patience. If draft was ranked solely on defense, only Rondae Hills-Jefferson would be ahead, though you always take the big over the three.
Have you seen RJ Hunter play tho? This kid has such a sweet stroke, and I mean, watching prime Asia Carrara sweet. Dude's like a trillionaire's version of Randy Foye. He may never be a starter on a good team, but the perfect sixth man to have, with the ability to play both guard slots.
Hollis-Jefferson is going to be an elite defensive wing, I'm talking, Tayshaun Prince/Ron Artest in prime elite. Dude's strong with good lateral quickness, athleticism is there, and his timing is on another level. Everyone talked about Stanley Johnson and TJ McConell on the Wildcats last year, but RHJ was the one who had "it".
Yes, if Russell falls behind Mudiay, I can see keeping him, as Russell can be something special, but I don't see the love for Mudiay. Dude is an even more out of control Westbrook minus the game.