Former Indiana center Thomas Bryant was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 42nd overall pick in Thursday night’s NBA Draft. Here’s a look at what people around the basketball world are saying about the pick, and about Bryant’s future with the Lakers.

Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka: Bryant in ‘Extraordinary Shape’

“I think his length around the rim is disruptive. But when he steps out to the top of the key, you gotta guard him because he has a beautiful 3-point shot. So I think he’ll be able to help us defensively as a rim protector and opening the floor as a shooter.”




Jay Bilas, ESPN Analyst

“He can shoot it, does a good job of running the court. He is a really hard worker. His mobility on the perimeter is a little bit of an issue. Can he move laterally? But man, he worked really hard during his time at Indiana at trying to become a better player.”




ESPN: 14.42% Chance Bryant Becomes NBA Starter

ESPN Analytics projection (within his first five seasons):

  • Chances he’ll be an All-Star: 0.99 percent
  • Chances he’ll be an NBA starter: 14.42 percent
  • Chances he’ll be a role player: 13.57 percent




Bryant: ‘It Just Felt Great to Hear my Name Called’

“It just felt great to be drafted and be part of the NBA. It feels great to be part of a real great powerhouse organization like the Lakers. I feel like I just need to keep on improving each and every day. I feel like I excel at the verbal communication on the defensive end, making stuff hard. Knowing what a player does on the offensive end, try to take away their tendencies — that was a big thing for me in college.”