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He continued to feel that way Wednesday after watching 12 players work out at the Lakers' training facility.
"I still think we'll get a good player. I do," Kupchak said. "Hopefully we pick the right player, but there's a lot of talent."
Kupchak noted that this draft was particularly young. Players who worked out for the Lakers included freshmen power forwards Aaron Gordon (Arizona) and Noah Vonleh (Indiana), freshman guards Tyler Ennis (Syracuse), Zach LaVine (UCLA) and James Young (Kentucky), and sophomore guards
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"Some of the talent is young and goes out a couple years," Kupchak said. "If you remember back 18 years ago, we drafted
"And of course,
Bryant, acquired in a draft-day trade with Charlotte in 1996, averaged only 7.6 points his first season before improving to 15.4 a game in his second year. Andrew Bynum, taken 10th overall in 2005, averaged 1.6 points his first season and 7.8 points his second year before improving to 13.1 a game.
Notably absent from Wednesday's workouts were the consensus top three players — Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins — not to mention Australian point guard Dante Exum and Kentucky power forward Julius Randle.
Who coaches the Lakers' draft pick is still unclear. Very unclear.
Five candidates have been interviewed in person:
"The coaching search is ongoing," Kupchak said. "We've interviewed several candidates. We'll interview more. Other than that, there's really nothing to add right now."
One thing was certain with the draft still three weeks away. The Lakers have a big decision to make with the seventh pick. They do not have a second-round selection because of the