Draft night

Draft night at the Lakers’ headquarters in El Segundo has come to be known as The Big Wait. The Lakers have a pair of second-round picks tonight, at 43 and 58. It’s going to be a while, so the fine PR staff here has ordered deli sandwiches and all the fixin’s.

Here’s David Stern to announce the first pick ….

Guard John Wall of Kentucky to Washington.
How long before the Wizards try to dump Gilbert Arenas?
Can they dump Arenas?

2. Philadelphia, Evan Turner, forward, Ohio State.
(Could signal the end for Elton Brand with the 76ers).
3. New Jersey, Derrick Favors, forward, Georgia Tech.
4. Minnesota, Wesley Johnson, forward, Syracuse.
(What’s with Kurt Rambis and these Syracuse dudes? They got Jonny Flynn last year).
5. Sacramento, DeMarcus Cousins, center, Kentucky.
6. Golden State, Ekpe Udoh, forward, Baylor.
7. Detroit, Greg Monroe, forward, Georgetown.
8. Clippers, Al-Farouq Aminu, forward, Wake Forest.
(Jay Bilas says he’s 6-foot-9 with a 7-3 wingspan … tremendous rebounder).
9. Utah, Gordon Hayward, forward, Butler.
10. Indiana, Paul George, guard/forward, Fresno State.
11. New Orleans, Cole Aldrich, center, Kansas.
(Lots and lots of big guys selected so far. Hornets needed a big center).
12. Memphis, Xavier Henry, guard, Kansas.
(Two Jayhawks in a row … His father, Terry, played 10 seasons in the NBA).
13. Toronto, Ed Davis, forward, North Carolina.
14. Houston, Patrick Patterson, forward, Kentucky.
(That’s three Wildcats in the 14 lottery picks).
15. Milwaukee, Larry Sanders, forward, Virginia Commonwealth.
(Another big guy picked. Isn’t this supposed to be a point guard-dominated league?).
16. Minnesota, Luke Babbitt, forward, Nevada.
17. Chicago, Kevin Seraphin, forward, France.
(First international player to be selected. Might stay in Europe next season).
18. Oklahoma City, Eric Bledsoe, guard, Kentucky.
19. Boston, Avery Bradley, guard, Texas.
(Not a point guard, but kinda small at 6-2 for a shooting guard).
20. San Antonio, James Anderson, guard, Oklahoma State.
21. Oklahoma City, Craig Brackins, forward, Iowa State.
22. Portland, Elliot Williams, guard, Memphis.
23. Minnesota, Trevor Booker, center, Clemson.
(First senior selected).
24. Atlanta, Damion James, forward, Texas.
(Second senior picked. Bilas calls him a tough kid. … He can shoot a little bit).
25. Memphis, Dominique Jones, guard, South Florida.
(Bilas says he’s a better player than he is an athlete That’s kinda funny).
26. Oklahoma City, Quincy Pondexter, forward, Washington.
(Father, Roscoe, played in the league and at Long Beach State).
27. New Jersey, Jordan Crawford, guard, Xavier.
28. Memphis, Greivis Vasquez, guard, Maryland.
(This pick was part of the Feb. 1, 2008 deal that sent Pau Gasol to the Lakers).
29. Orlando, Daniel Orton, forward, Kentucky.
(How did the Wildcats not win the NCAA Tournament?)
30. Washington, Lazar Hayward, forward, Marquette.

Trades
–Clippers get the rights to Bledsoe (No. 18) from OKC for a future first-round pick.
–Memphis traded the rights to Jones (No. 25) to Dallas for cash.
–Portland dealt Martell Webster to Minnesota for Ryan Gomes and Babbitt (No. 16).
–Atlanta traded Jones (No. 24) to New Jersey for Crawford (No. 27) and Tibor Pleiss (No. 31) and then traded Pleiss to OKC for cash.
–OKC traded the rights to Brackins (No. 21) and Pondexter (No. 26) to New Orleans for Morris Peterson and the rights to Aldrich (No. 11).
–Dallas traded traded the draft rights to Solomon Alabi (No. 50) to Toronto for a future second pick and financial considerations.

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