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2015 NBA Draft: Lakers select Wyoming's Larry Nance, Jr. at No. 27

The Los Angeles Lakers took Wyoming's Larry Nance, Jr. late in the first round.

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The Los Angeles Lakers went to the Mountain West for their first round selection by taking the Wyoming Cowboys Larry Nance, Jr. with the 27th overall pick. Nance was not expected to be drafted but after performing well at pre-draft workouts he was pegged to be a fringe first-round pick but a likely second round selection. Credit Nance for those for him to sky rocket and become a first round pick.

Nance becomes the first Wyoming payer to be taken in the first round since Theo Ratliff was taken in the first round back in 1995. Also, Nance's father, Larry Nance Sr., was a three-time NBA All-Star over 13 seasons with the Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers from 1981 to 1994.

Dunking and athleticism is what Nance is mostly known for, but he is a great rebounder and get hot from three-point range. However, his shooting is streaky and not consistent and his size is lacking for a power forward at 6-foot-9, not bad size but another inch or so would would go a long way.

He was one of the most dynamic players in the Mountain West during his time with the Cowboys, and he played against some good talent in the Mountain West during his years in the league.

Going to the Lakers who are rebuilding after a poor 2014-15 season could allow Nance to see early playing time in Los Angeles. However, he likely will grow into a solid sixth-man for his career with stints as a starter here and there. He has the work ethic and has already shown that he can perform well against NBA talent, so maybe he can exceed being a key role player.