Mar 29, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Ryan Kelly (34) reacts in the first half during the semifinals of the Midwest regional of the 2013 NCAA tournament against the Michigan State Spartans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Kelly Drafted By The Los Angeles Lakers At Pick 48

I am ecstatic that Ryan Kelly was drafted in the NBA Draft. I clearly think that he is a great fit for the Lakers, as I projected him to be selected by him on Tuesday. Here is what I said about the fit then.

“The Lakers have been looking for a stretch power forward for a couple of years now. They tried Antawn Jamison last season with minimal success. They also explored mid-season trades for Hornets forward Ryan Anderson. Ryan Kelly is not a proven NBA stretch power forward, but he is a cheap, obtainable option for a cap restricted team. The Lakers could gamble on a free agent or signing Kelly after the draft, but I think they take him here in the mid second round. Assuming Dwight Howard stays, Kelly will be a great back up to Pau Gasol. Howard played extremely well in his last year on the Magic when he started with Ryan Anderson. Kelly will provide a similar skill to Anderson, and Howard’s rim protecting ability will help and liabilities that Kelly has on defense. I think Kelly fits in perfect on the Lakers as a replacement for Antawn Jamison and will be able to be a role player for them in his rookie year. Kelly likely won’t develop into a star but he will be a valuable option to any team needing a big to stretch the court. Even if Kelly is not drafted, he will have a role in the NBA in this role.”

I am so glad that Ryan Kelly was drafted and I think the Lakers is a great spot for him to be. I am also extremely happy that I was able to successfully predict his draft spot, while going 3 for 30 in our Mock Draft.

Ryan will have every chance to succeed on a roster in turmoil. Whether the Lakers are good or bad, look for Ryan Kelly to play quality minutes in Mike D’Antoni’s system. Just like Mason Plumlee, I think this is a great fit and I think Ryan Kelly will have success with the Lakers.

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