Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 6/28/13
When it came time for the Lakers' sole draft pick, No. 48, to be announced, anyone watching the NBA draft on television had to first endure a discussion on the team's fleeting hopes of retaining Dwight Howard. (Of course they did.) The discussion included a graphic that described the Lakers as oldhurtunhappy hardly the descriptors an excited pick is looking for in his future team. When the requisite and somewhat tired Laker-bashing concluded, the team selected Ryan Kelly, a power forward from Duke who missed 13 games at the beginning of last season with a foot injury. Kelly, a stretch four, played for four seasons at Duke, averaging 12.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in 28.9 minutes per game in his senior year. He shot 46.0 percent from the field over the course of his college career, and his 42.2 percent mark from 3-point range his senior season was the best of his years at Duke. Kelly is fourth in Duke history in career winning percentage; the Blue Devils went 111-15 (.881) with Kelly on the Roster. With the Lakers' roster situation, Kelly could see major minutes, likely more than the players picked around him in Thursday night's draft. No matter what transpires with the Lakers' big men, the team seems unlikely to retain both Pau Gasol and Howard, and beyond that, the team's frontcourt as it stands is weak. Jordan Hill remains under contract, Robert Sacre was extended a qualifying offer and the team could attempt to bring back Jordan Hill; regardless, there are minutes to be claimed.
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