Kazemi the next big thing in L.A?

Last week, former Oregon forward Arsalan Kazemi worked out with the Lakers as the NBA draft nears.  Kazemi had a breakout year and gained national attention in a top athletic conference, especially when the Ducks made their impressive run in the NCAA tournament.  Kazemi was a significant factor in the Ducks’ tournament run, grabbing almost every rebound and banging down low with some of the best big men in the country.

Kazemi's pure hustle could land him a spot on an NBA roster

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Kazemi’s pure hustle could land him a spot on an NBA roster.

ESPN has Kazemi tabbed as the 86th overall prospect in the upcoming draft and says he has the potential to be a second round pick;  if not,  he will surely be signed as a free agent and have a chance to prove himself in the summer league against other rookies.

Arsalan Kazemi’s strengths include a fantastic motor,  great rebounding,  skill around the basket, and just plain toughness.  He may lack the athleticism that other bigs have in the NBA, and he is still  developing a consistent shot (which we did not see much of during his final year at Oregon).  If Kazemi can bulk up a bit and start knocking down mid-range jumpers on a regular basis, he has the chance to be NBA material.  Who knows – he could be the answer to the Lakers’ problems.

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Luc Hancock

Luc Hancock

Luc Hancock is a senior at the University of Oregon majoring in Public Relations. He is from San Francisco, California and loves all sports, with his favorites being baseball and basketball. Luc is a die hard bay area sports fan and has been spoiled with the recent success of his teams in the past year. He did not become a Ducks fan until he came to the university 3 years ago, but now accepts them along with his other favorite teams. When Luc is not writing, thinking, or playing sports, he enjoys watching Seinfeld reruns and hanging out with friends. Luc is open to feed back. Follow him on twitter @luchancock

  • DLW

    Please, no! Any team but the Lakers.

    • Ol’CodgerDuck


  • SeattleDuck

    Please rewind to a few of the “hits” that Kazemi took this year (UTEP is my favorite) before noting how tough he is.

  • mash

    Well said. He can improve his weaknesses and become a good product.

  • Bill

    If he is put on the Heat or Lakers, it will be no fair for the other teams.

    • Bill

      He’s really good.

  • Don Kelly

    Kazemi is the real deal! Who ever gets him has a good eye!