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Mitch Kupchak discusses Lakers' second-round draft picks

June 24, 2010 | 10:49 pm

Here are some of the highlights regarding General Manager Mitch Kupchak's assessment of the Lakers' second-round draft picks.

On West Virginia sophomore forward Devin Ebanks (43rd pick):

--Kupchak said he drafted Ebanks in case Lakers forward Luke Walton doesn't recover next season from the pinched nerve in his lower back.

--Ebanks often defended the opponent's top scorer when he played for the Mountaineers. Kupchak described Ebanks' defense this way: "He's active. He's long, athletic. You can be a good defender when you have those type of qualities and you put your mind to it."

--Kupchak believes Ebanks has similar skill sets to Trevor Ariza.

--Various reports mentioned Ebanks had off-court issues, but Kupchak said that isn't a concern. "A lot of players, young players in particular, go through times where they have to work on their character a bit. Once again, he's a young player, a talented player and a player we got to know."

On Texas El Paso junior forward Derrick Caracter (58th pick):

--Kupchak believes Caracter's conditioning needs to improve, but he likes his rebounding.

Other notes:

--Kupchak said the team's backcourt remains the biggest issue, but he selected two forwards. He mentioned that statistically it is unlikely second-round picks make the roster.

--Kupchak said both Ebanks and Caracter will play in Summer League. They would then go to training camp in an attempt to make the team.

--Mark Medina

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