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article image2014 NBA Mock Draft: LA Lakers best options in round one

By Larry Seely     Mar 26, 2014 in Sports
Los Angeles - The LA Lakers back court should look much different in the 2014-15 NBA season, especially with reports Steve Nash will be released after this season. Finding help at point guard is essential and it should come from a youngster out of this summers Draft.
Kenny DeJohn of Bleacher Report has released his latest mock draft on Bleacher Report and suggests that General Manager Mitch Kupchak takes Oklahoma State youngster Marcus Smart.
Despite a less than stellar performance in the NCAA Tournament, Smart has the explosive speed this team lacks and the ability to attack the rim with his ball handling skills. At 6'4" and over 200 pounds, the 20-year-old has the body to take the heavy schedule, but will need to improve his outside shooting to become an elite talent at the next level.
Another option is Australian Dante Exum, but reports have the youngster not wanting to play on the West Coast and that could influence what the LA Lakers decide to do when they take the clock in June. Exum is an elite talent with the ability to play either position in the back court and many NBA scouts believe he has all the skills to become an All Star.
Kupchak will have several big decisions to make this off-season as he looks to give Kobe Bryant one last shot at winning a title and finding the right floor leader is imperative for this squad.
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