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2017 NBA Draft: Lakers select Thomas Bryant 42nd overall

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Former Indiana Hoosier Thomas Bryant is heading to the NBA and bringing his 7’6” wingspan with him.

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After a sophomore season of averaging 12.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game, Thomas Bryant has been selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 42nd pick in the draft.

Much like his former teammate OG Anunoby, who was selected earlier in the night by, Bryant’s selection by the Lakers seems to be largely based upon potential. This potential directly stems from Bryant’s size and versatility, as the former Hoosier center spent last season shooting 38.8 percent from behind the three-point line at a towering 6’10” and 242 pounds.

What should make Bryant successful with the Lakers, should be his mobility and his ability to stretch the floor. Bryant seems to be remarkably well suited stylistically for the future of the NBA that is looking for big men who can shoot, but in order for him to become a mainstay in the league he will need to refine some of his traditional low-post skills.

With a 7’6” wingspan and 9’4.5” standing reach, Bryant has the measurables to be great. The key for Bryant will be developing his lateral quickness and his defensive strength. What Bryant doesn’t lack is an incredible motor and raw emotion that made him a fan favorite at times. The Lakers should expect him to bring that same passion to the game at the next level.

With more analysis on Bryant’s potential NBA outlook, check out our Thomas Bryant Draft Profile from earlier in the week.