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The Los Angeles Lakers have not drafted an impact player since 2007

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Thursday 27 June 2013 at 8:03 pm

The last time the Lakers drafted an impact player was way back in the 2007 NBA Draft.  They picked center Marc Gasol with the #48 overall pick (2nd round) of that draft.  Marc Gasol never played for the Lakers, but he was dealt for his brother (Pau) in a deal with the Grizzlies on February 1st, 2008.  The Lakers also dealt Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, a 2008 2nd round pick (Donte Greene) and a 2010 first round pick (Greivis Vasquez) along with Marc Gasol to the Grizzlies for Pau Gasol and Devin Ebanks.  Pau Gasol gets a bad rap sometimes with the Lakers, but he has played really well for them for the most part.  Gasol has played in 369 games (362 starts) in his first six years with the Lakers and he is averaging 36.4 minutes, 17.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.4 blocked shots per game.  Devin Ebanks has played in 63 games (15 starts) in his first three years with the Lakers and he is averaging 11.3 minutes, 3.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.  Pau Gasol is #10 in offensive rebounds (1,128), #9 in defensive rebounds (2,532) and #10 in blocked shots (515) in Lakers’ history.

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