The Los Angeles Lakers hold only one pick in the 2012 NBA draft, and it happens to be the very last pick: No. 60 overall. While this pick likely does not hold any long-term implications for the Lakers' success on the court, the Lakers would be smart to do their homework.
In the 2011 NBA draft, the Sacramento Kings selected Isaiah Thomas with the final pick of the draft. Thomas became the Kings' starting point guard was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team and averaged 11.5 points and 4.1 assists per game.
NBADraft.net has the Lakers selecting power forward/center Greg Mangano out of Yale. Mangano played four years at Yale and averaged 18.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per game this past season. While Mangano will not battle for starters minutes as a Laker, he could turn out to be a solid role player.
Here is a snippet of Mangano's scouting report from NBADraft.net:
Face the basket bigman with range out to 3 point ... Has a great stroke showing the ability to catch and shoot with a quick, fluid motion ... Prolific scorer for a bigman
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