NBA Draft: Lakers Guard Heavy With First Two Picks In Second Round

The Lakers pick at 41, 46, 56, and 58.

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2011 NBA Draft: Lakers Go Obscure With 56th And 58th Picks

Laker fans had low expectations for the organization's last two picks in Thursday night's draft, and the front office didn't disappoint. With the 56th selection, they grabbed Chukwudiebere Maduabum. What's that? You haven't heard of him? Neither had Jeff Van Gundy, part of ESPN's draft commentary team, or upwards of 99 percent of everyone watching.

Maduabum is a 6'9" Nigerian who late last season was signed by the Bakersfield Jam of the D League. He appeared in just three games and played a total of 20 minutes, making him surely one of the most obscure prospects ever to hear his name called on draft night. Amazingly, Scott Schroder of SBN site Ridiculous Upside dug up some scouting intel on the kid, which though worth a read won't have any direct relevance for Laker fans, since the organization quickly dealt his rights to the Denver Nuggets. In return, the Lakers will get a future second-round pick. It's not yet clear what conditions are attached to it.

Slightly more interesting is Ater Majok, whom the Lakers took with the 58th pick. Originally from Sudan, Majok was a highly touted big-man recruit in 2008. He chose UConn over UCLA and Kentucky but had to sit out the 2008-09 season because of eligibility issues. In 2009-10 he started 22 games but left UConn the next year and has since been playing in Turkey and Australia. Pretty much no one expected him to be taken in this year's draft.

The Lakers will let him keep working overseas and wait for him to develop into a credible prospect. Although he has good size at 6'10", he's extremely raw in almost every respect. At UConn he shot only 42 percent, and according to Draft Express he "lacks a great deal of strength, balance and coordination, and possesses very little in the ways of experience or feel for the game." In other words, don't expect to see him in a Laker uniform soon, if ever.

In David Lighty of Ohio State and Ben Hansbrough of Notre Dame, there were a couple potentially useful perimeter guys still on the board at 58 whom the Lakers could have selected. But having picked Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock earlier in the round, they apparently felt it wasn't worth crowding the backcourt even further.

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SI Report: Lakers, 76ers Talking Lamar Odom For Andre Iguodala

The Lakers, it seems, are determined at least to explore the possibility of making a major move before tomorrow night's draft. Earlier today, the LA Times reported that the team offered Lamar Odom to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the number-two pick with the hope of drafting Derrick Williams of Arizona. David Kahn politely declined, so now the Lakers have shifted their attention to an even sexier target: Andre Iguodala of the 76ers.

Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated reports that the Lakers and Sixers have had recent discussions about an Odom-for-Iggy swap. Philly would love to be free of Iguodala's lavish contract, which will pay him more than $44 million over the next three seasons. Odom is at the peak of his talents and has only one more guaranteed year left on his deal, so from the Sixers' perspective, the swap would both bring back a valuable piece and provide payroll flexibility in the future.

And Iguodala would be a pretty decent fit for the Lake Show. At age 27, he's young relative to the current roster. He's a terrific defender and all-around athlete. His offensive game has some dynamism and creativity. No one in Lakerdom is anxious to see Odom leave, but Iggy's the high-level talent that could justify parting with a player of LO's caliber. And for what it's worth, he and Kobe Bryant are very tight.

To make the deal work under the league's salary rules, the Lakers would have to include someone else in the trade. Amick suggests that Ron Artest could be the guy. In other words, the Lakers could end up dealing two rotation players for one, a blow to depth to a team that doesn't have much to begin with.

No one said getting back to the top would be easy.

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