Ah yes, a year that Laker fans have tried in vain to forget for so long, in which a lack of a true center (Kwame Brown was our starting center, that says it all right there), among other problems such as a coach that fled before the All-Star Break (Rudy Tomjanovich), led to a 34-48 record, last in the Pacific Division, 12th in the Western Conference, and not in the playoffs for only the fifth time in franchise history.
On the bright side, a deplorable season usually leads to a good draft, and the Lakers found themselves in unfamiliar territory: the NBA draft lottery.
With the 10th pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, the Lakers took a 7', 17-year-old kid out of St. Joseph High School in New Jersey, passing up Nate Robinson, Danny Granger, and David Lee. Four years and a ...
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Article written by Malcolm Martin