Julius Randle drafted 7th by the Los Angeles Lakers

06/26/2014 07:09 PM

“It’s not where you start. It’s where you finish.”

It didn’t take long before Julius Randle heard his name called in the 2014 NBA Draft. The former UK power forward is heading to Los Angeles, after being picked 7th by the Lakers.

Randle will immediately be counted on to make an impact for the Lakers, who struggled last year while their star Kobe Bryant missed 76 games. Other power forwards on the roster include Pau Gasol, Jordan Hill and Ryan Kelly. Gasol is the team’s most accomplished big, but he’s aging and his future with the team is unclear.

Regardless of whether Randle will be playing alongside Gasol or another big, he will surely take a major role as a rookie.

Following his selection, Randle said the teams who passed on him “will regret it.”


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