Jesse Buss specializes in analyzing the draft for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers traded away their first round pick in every year for six years dating back to Javaris Crittenton in 2007.
The pick the Lakers traded away that bothered Buss the most was when they sold the pick that became Toney Douglas to the Knicks. Jesse Buss approached his father, Dr. Jerry Buss, about the strategy.
"When we sold the pick in 2009, my dad and I had a conversation. I was scouting at the time but wasn't heavily involved," Buss said. "He told me we were really focused on winning right now. We don't really have time to develop young kids. It's better to use that money elsewhere like in free agency."
"I had seen other franchises such as the San Antonio Spurs. They were bringing in guys at the end of the first round, and they were still competing and contending. Maybe they didn't play in their first or second year but eventually developing into solid role players."
"I would like to make those draft picks because I think I can make a difference in that department," Buss told his father.
Jesse Buss was promoted to director of scouting in 2012 and proved himself with the Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. selections.