NBA Draft Grades 2012: Los Angeles Lakers Receive 'B' Rating

The Los Angeles Lakers didn't have a lot to work with this year in the NBA Draft, but made the most of what they had by acquiring Marquette's Darius Johnson-Odom for cash as the No. 55 overall selection, as well as nabbing Gonzaga big man Robert Sacre with the final pick of the draft.

Though both of these players are solid additions, SB Nation's Tom Ziller wonders how much playing time either could really see next season (aside from in the D-League) as the Lake Show look for the right pieces to put around Kobe. Overall Ziller gave the Lakers a 'B' as part of his 2012 NBA Draft Grades.

Here is Ziller with the commentary:

I'm not sure either of these players will play a single minute this season, but if the Lakers are serious about cutting salary and still want to pay Kobe Bryant $30 million a year, they'll need cheap replacement players for the bench. These are two cheap replacement players. Voila!

When it comes to playing cheap, it doesn't get much cheaper than the rookies; though you have to have some players of quality around the Black Mamba. No Lakers fans want to relive 2006. Hopefully that won't be the case with these guys.

For more in depth discussion and analysis of the Los Angeles Lakers, make sure that you check out Silver Screen and Roll.

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