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The Lakers took a chance in yesterday's NBA Draft, and it may just pay off. LAist likes the selection of Andrew Bynum, a 6-11 high school center from New Jersey, who is the youngest player ever drafted. Admittedly, we've never seen Bynum play, so we have no idea if he's the next Shaq or Desagna Diop. But high school players have panned out in recent years, and the kid certainly has size at 6-11, 280 pounds.

Bynum may take several years to develop, but we have patience because the Lakers aren't going anywhere for a while. LAist would rather the Lakers take a guy who could be a superstar in four years with the No. 10 pick instead of a guy who can immediately be an average contributor.

Can Kobe Bryant be Bynum's high school-to-the-pros mentor?