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.