While historically the Lakers have relied on the size of centers like Wilt Chamberlain,
In Ohio State guard
The Lakers need to find a replacement for Bryant, who is heading into the final year of his contract and his 20th season in the league.
Russell has a strong personality to go with an excellent shooting stroke and high-level playmaking ability.
Through 35 appearances with the Buckeyes, the 6-foot-5 freshman guard averaged 19.3 points, 5.0 assists and 1.6 steals a game while shooting 44.9% from the field and 41.1% from three-point range.
Russell likens his game to that of
The Lakers must adapt to the times. Guards rule the league, which has evolved to a faster-paced, open court game.
Certainly the Lakers would need to pair Russell with the right forwards and centers, but approximately $22 million in salary cap room this summer could help solve that problem with players like
Duke center Jahlil Okafor and Kentucky forward/center Karl-Anthony Towns may become forces in the league, but the Lakers should zero in on Russell with the No. 2 pick on Thursday night.