EL SEGUNDO (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers selected Gonzaga center Robert Sacre on Thursday night with the final pick of the NBA draft.
The Lakers also acquired the rights to Marquette guard Darius Johnson-Odom for cash considerations. Johnson-Odom was the 55th overall pick by Dallas.
Sacre is a 7-foot Canadian who was the West Coast Conference’s defensive player of the year. He made his second straight all-league first team last season, averaging 11.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots.
Johnson-Odom was an all-conference shooting guard as a senior last season, leading the Golden Eagles in scoring for the second straight year with 18.3 points per game.
Draft day hasn’t been particularly important for several years to the Lakers. They haven’t even made a first-round pick since 2009, and haven’t drafted a regular starter since 2005.
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