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Los Angeles Lakers 2014 Draft Report Card

By Jim Brighters, NBA Editor

Addition: Julius Randle (7)

Jordan Clarkson (46)

( - Home run.

Too many teams devalued Randle and this potential for foot surgery didn't help. He is the second-most NBA-ready player in the draft behind Jabari Parker and should fit beautifully in Hollywood.

Kobe Bryant doesn't want to hear the Lakers are rebuilding. By getting an NBA- ready prospect, Bryant can still believe. Bryant will also love Randle's all- around game and motor. This pick will really make the Lakers very happy.

Randle has an inside game, a decent outside game, can already proficiently pass out of double-teams and I don't believe he even showed his full potential in one year at Kentucky.

He's the perfect fit for a team that still thinks it can contend for a playoff berth, while re-tooling simultaneously.

Clarkson is an excellent value at No. 46. Frankly, it was stunning to me that he was still on the board then considering some people thought he might go in the first round.

Clarkson is a 6-foot-5 combo guard who can easily play the point. He's got a good handle, good vision, but is not a great 3-point shooter. That'll have to improve, but he's going to make the team and could even contribute if the Lakers aren't able to add more talent via free agency.

Grade: A

06/27 14:38:16 ET