The Los Angeles Lakers may have made their biggest decision of the night right at the beginning of the draft by taking Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell second overall, but Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss still had more work to do on Thursday.
Thanks to a trade involving Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets last summer, the Lakers had the 27th pick in Thursday’s draft, as well as their own second-rounder at 34.
At 27, the Lakers took Larry Nance Jr. out of Wyoming.
This pick was a shock to most as Draft Express had the 6’9″ power forward going at 54 in their latest mock draft. However, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak later downplayed the importance and accuracy of external mock drafts.
“I don’t look at them. I don’t read the mock drafts,” Kupchak said. “My understanding is they change every four or five days and I don’t know where they get their information from, so I don’t really pay any attention to it.”
Then, with the 34th overall pick, the Lakers selected Anthony Brown from Stanford. Funnily enough, ESPN’s Chad Ford had the purple and gold taking the 6’7″ swingman at 27.
Nance Jr. is the son of former NBA player Larry Nance Sr. and has certainly inherited his father’s hops. The 22-year-old registered a 37.5 inch max vertical at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.
Brown, on the other hand, is known for his deadly shooting touch from outside. The California native, who grew up as a fan of the purple and gold, converted on 44.1 percent of his three-point attempts last season.
The Lakers will introduce Russell, Nance Jr. and Brown on Monday at 12:00 PM Pacific Time.