Lakers present their 2015 draft picks to media

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Photo above: Claudia Gestro interviewing the Lakers’ first pick in the NBA draft:
D’Angelo Russell, from Ohio State University.

El Segundo, CA: When the 2015 NBA Draft took place last week the Los Angeles Lakers had the second overall pick and everyone expected the Lakers to take the big man from Duke University, Jahlil Okafor. They surprised everyone by taking Ohio Sate point guard D’Angelo Russell, who, at 19, left college after his freshman year to join the NBA.

Mitch Kupchack
Mitch Kupchack

The reasoning, accoding to Lakers GM Mitch Kupchack, was that they saw superstar potential on Russell and they would need a a great point guard for the future.

The Lakers had two more picks in the draft: they selected center Larry Nance, Jr, of the University of Wyoming. He’s considered one of the best big men to enter the draft and this isn’t a surprise. His father is Larry Nance, Sr, who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns. If Larry Junior can score like Larry Senior and play great defense, he will add some needed help to that front court.

The Lakers’ third pick in the draft is local son, Anthony Brown, who attended Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach before going to Stanford. Brown can play forward or guard, so he can add versatility to the Lakers lineup.

The rookies with head coach Byron Scott.
The rookies with head coach Byron Scott.

The Lakers have had some tough seasons since winning the championship in 2010 and their hope is to make it into the NBA Finals one more time before franchise player Kobe Bryant retires.

The Lakers still need a quality center, so we’ll see how that works out with free agency.

Below is my video report from the Lakers practice facility in el Segundo where the three rookies took in the Lakers atmosphere and spoke to the media.

(All photos by Claudia Gestro)