Mitch Kupchak discusses Lakers' second-round draft picks
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.
--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.
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