Los Angeles Lakers: second round picks

Lakers looking to continue 2nd round success

June, 26, 2012
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McMenamin By Dave McMenamin
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The Sacramento Kings figured they got their guard of the future on draft night last June when they traded away their No. 7 pick, Bismack Biyombo, in a three-team deal to acquire the sharp-shooting Jimmer Fredette, who was drafted No. 10 by Milwaukee.

It turns out the Kings’ most important decision of the night just might have occurred several hours later when they used the last pick in the draft on Isaiah Thomas at No. 60.

Fredette went on to average 7.6 points on 38.6 percent shooting, struggling to recapture the magic in his stroke that made him a national sensation at Brigham Young. The 5-9 Thomas, meanwhile, finished the season averaging 11.5 points and 4.1 assists while outshooting Fredette both from the field (44.8 percent) and from 3-point range (37.9 percent). Thomas ended up being named a two-time NBA Rookie of the Month for the Western Conference and finished seventh in Rookie of the Year balloting.

The Los Angeles Lakers find themselves in the Kings’ boat this year, as their lone selection headed into Thursday’s draft is No. 60. It figures to be a deep draft because of a stockpile of talent that stayed in college an extra season this past year in part because of fear of a lockout wiping out the entire 2011-12 NBA season, but finding a success story like Thomas with the last pick in the second round is a long shot. A league executive told me that he expects every first round pick in the 2012 draft to become rotation players, but admitted the second round is still a crapshoot.

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