ESPN Insider grades all the teams. This year they gave a B+ to our Los Angeles Lakers. Here is what they had to say:

Phil Jackson like big point guards who can shoot. and Crittenton has the talent to make the Lakers very happy — if they’re patient. Crittenton’s not ready now, though he could be soon.

The Lakers also did a nice job with those second-round picks. Sun can sell tickets in L.A — and become an effective understudy for Luke Walton. Gasol doesn’t have the talent or athleticism of his brother, but he is a big body who can be a nice role player down the road.

Also, Chris Sheridan made an interesting comment about Gasol during his chat:

Nate (Portland, OR) : Biggest steal of the draft? McRoberts at #37? Splitter at #28?

Chris Sheridan: (12:43 PM ET ) My gut reaction last night was Marc Gasol to the Lakers at 48.

  • http://www.myspace.com/fabezee fabz24lakers

    A B huh…well at least it’s not an F like other websites are give the lakers picks!!

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

    The question which can make the grade a “B” from a “F” is does it fit in with building around Kobe or the future?

    Did we bring in NBA talent that will contribute now, or did we help draft pieces for our future?

    Tough question, but easy answer… unfortunately. Although I like our 19 pick A LOT! People tend to forget Farmar is our only PG under contract.

  • lakersfan17

    Sun sucks Gasol seems okay and Crittenton will be great.LD2k it’s not an F its a D.

  • Laker-i3uddha

    wow a B for our picks on draft night..
    Thatll even out the “F” the FO has been doing
    w/ getting some help to Kobe these past seasons…

  • lakersforlife77

    We kinda would’ve had to make some trades to get an A, like if we acquired Garnett that would’ve got us an A plus plus plus :D , but a B is great. And also I agree that Marc Gasol is a steal at 48, best pick of the night.

  • Brandon_LAL

    Maybe getting Gasol’s brother can make Crummy Brown expendable. I do like the 19 pick, hes a big guard, which Phil likes.

  • daboss1848

    FOX Sports Grade: C-

    Los Angeles Lakers: Now replacing Kobe Bryant is. … Sun Yue. OK, so that’s a stretch. However, the Lakers didn’t fare all that well on Thursday night. Los Angeles took scoring point guard Javaris Crittenton and I’m not sold on this one because the Lakers already have Jordan Farmar. If Kobe is shipped out, it would be difficult to imagine Farmar and Crittenton together in the backcourt. It would be even tougher to imagine a Kobe-Crittenton backcourt.

  • RoWyN

    I thought we did pretty good on the draft. If for some reason, we weren’t able to pull any blockbuster trades and kobe ended up staying, we would have filled the positions that we need help on: PG, SF, and C. Having said these we took the best player available.

    1. Javaris Crittenton — we needed a big PG that will hustle, score, and defend. This guy should’ve been picked earlier but for some reason slipped through the cracks. He is definitely an upgrade to Smush Parker, rarely hustles, inconsistently scores, and only defends when he hustles. We needed this pick, Farmar needed this pick (for help and to guarantee lead role next season).

    2. Sun Yue — This was a very ballsy pickm, a gamble but a good one. My first reaction was Mitch Kupchak is f*ck#d and will be criticized for this AGAIN. But this guy is a tall, lengthy, quick G/F who can jump and shoot. He definitely needs to improve his strength but he kind of reminds me of Tayshaun. He won’t be able to guard Lebron but hey, who the hell can? A good gamble for a pick that might not even make roster.

    3. Marc Gasol — We needed another Center that can use all 6 fouls. This is our man. We can even use him as bait for Pau. Like Sun Yue, it’s a good gamble for a pick that might not even make roster. This guy is actually not that bad. He has world team basketball experience and should be able to help in some way.

  • lakersforlife77

    [quote comment=”3769″]FOX Sports Grade: C-

    Los Angeles Lakers: Now replacing Kobe Bryant is. … Sun Yue. OK, so that’s a stretch. However, the Lakers didn’t fare all that well on Thursday night. Los Angeles took scoring point guard Javaris Crittenton and I’m not sold on this one because the Lakers already have Jordan Farmar. If Kobe is shipped out, it would be difficult to imagine Farmar and Crittenton together in the backcourt. It would be even tougher to imagine a Kobe-Crittenton backcourt.[/quote]

    Trading fodder :D

  • http://Yahoo JoeSaz

    This is from Yahoo sports

    LOSER: Los Angeles Lakers – Javaris Crittenton? Yep, that ought to do it. Kobe Bryant is currently wandering Orange County parking lots looking for rogue film crews to tape his latest rant against the franchise.

    The Lakers couldn’t get Kevin Garnett or any other difference maker that Bryant wanted and if they thought he wanted out of L.A. before, heaven knows what is coming now. Is there really any way he would pull a 180 and show up at training camp as a productive leader eager to help mentor Andrew “Are you kidding me?” Bynum. Agree or not with Kobe, the Lakers needed to do something to solve this problem.

    A young and erratic (if gifted) point guard out of Georgia Tech wasn’t it. Of course, they did pick up Marc Gasol in the second round. Maybe they can confuse Kobe and make him believe they got Marc’s brother, Pau.

    At this point, the Lakers need to try something.

  • lakerfan81

    Well putting trades aside the lakers did googd. At pick 19 there was not one left to get. THere was no big man around that was worth picking , so Crittenton was the best available. Yes hes not ready to play right away but no one that was available would be ready to play either. Plus in the second round you are not really going to get anyone with any value (that is very very rare). So picking sun is a gamble but one thats worth at the 40th pick. gasol is not the most athletic or gifted big man but at 48 your not going to do better either. so I’d say B.

  • lakersforlife77

    [quote comment=”3801″]This is from Yahoo sports

    LOSER: Los Angeles Lakers – Javaris Crittenton? Yep, that ought to do it. Kobe Bryant is currently wandering Orange County parking lots looking for rogue film crews to tape his latest rant against the franchise.

    The Lakers couldn’t get Kevin Garnett or any other difference maker that Bryant wanted and if they thought he wanted out of L.A. before, heaven knows what is coming now. Is there really any way he would pull a 180 and show up at training camp as a productive leader eager to help mentor Andrew “Are you kidding me?” Bynum. Agree or not with Kobe, the Lakers needed to do something to solve this problem.

    A young and erratic (if gifted) point guard out of Georgia Tech wasn’t it. Of course, they did pick up Marc Gasol in the second round. Maybe they can confuse Kobe and make him believe they got Marc’s brother, Pau.

    At this point, the Lakers need to try something.[/quote]

    Yeah because this guy knos how easy it is to make trades for guys like kevin garnett, jo, and pau. What a joke. It’s not that easy to negotiate when you have to talk to McFail who barely understands english as it is.

  • KEEPbynum

    seriously. wetzel is a moron. i mean look at the big deals that did happen last night. the ray allen deal? no brainer for both sides. ainge HAD to make a move. so he made one. and seattle sets themselves up for the future.

    zach randolph deal? portland needed to get him out of there. he was poison to that team. and the knicks got rid of stevie francis.

    and the jason richardson deal? charlotte got someone for now. and golden state got a guy that fits their system perfectly.

    the wolves are in a position where millions of offers are being thrown at them. its not exactly easy to move the greatest 4 of all time. ya i said it.

  • “Billy” Kupchak

    Sun will play starting PG real soon

  • ryguy2303

    [quote comment=”3921″]Sun will play starting PG real soon[/quote]
    what you talkin about

  • wise1

    trade kwame for ron artest now!

  • rmeazy82

    critteron or however u spell his name seems to be nice at pg, i still wish we would have made a trade to get a big name. This guys upside is something nice..

  • lakersforlife77

    [quote comment=”4024″]critteron or however u spell his name seems to be nice at pg, i still wish we would have made a trade to get a big name. This guys upside is something nice..[/quote]

    We still have the rest of the summer to make a blockbuster trade.