With the 27th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Lakers have taken power forward Larry Nance Jr. Nance is widely considered a big reach at this point in the draft, but could be a depth piece with the savvy to make the Lakers roster.
Nance played pretty well during the 5-on-5 portion of the NBA Draft Combine, and he must have caught the eyes of the Lakers with his strong workouts. Many had him pegged at the end of the second round or undrafted with potential to make a roster, but he’ll get a guaranteed contract as the Lakers’ second first-round pick after they took D’Angelo Russell second overall.
The Lakers could’ve gone with someone to space the floor off the bench like R.J. Hunter or a tenacious defender like Norman Powell, but decided to address bench depth instead. Maybe Lance turns into a good player, but who knows?
Overall, I don’t think the Lakers should get a pass for this. There were many other power forwards available with higher potential than Nance. Chris McCullough, Montrezl Harrell, Jordan Mickey, Kevon Looney and Richaun Holmes all remained on the draft board as better prospects available.
NBA comparison: Kris Humphries (poor man’s version)
2014-15 stats: 16.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.4 apg (52.9 FG%, 34.1 3P%, 78.5 FT%)