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Lakers Select Duke Power Forward Ryan Kelly With 48th Pick

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Ryan Kelly #34 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts in the second half against the Michigan State Spartans during the Midwest Region Semifinal round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 29, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Ryan Kelly #34 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts in the second half against the Michigan State Spartans during the Midwest Region Semifinal round of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 29, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers selected Duke power forward Ryan Kelly with the 48th pick Thursday in the NBA draft.

Kelly, 6-feet-11 and 230 pounds, averaged 12.9 points and 5.3 rebounds as a senior in 2012-13. He could give the Lakers a much-needed dimension as a perimeter shooter with the size to stretch defenses.

However, Kelly was limited to only 23 games last season because of a broken right foot that required surgery in April. He injured his foot in March 2012 and again last season.

The Lakers had only one selection after dealing their first-round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers for point guard Ramon Sessions late in 2011-12.

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