Since they didn’t have a first-round pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, the Los Angeles Lakers were expected to look at all available resources
They acquired the 35th pick in the draft, which they used on Michigan State University guard Max Christie,
Swider was thought to have an outside chance of being taken in the second round of the draft
In fact, the Lakers and two other squads asked him to come back for a second workout, which is often a good sign.
At 220 pounds, Swider can play either forward spot, although he may primarily play the power forward spot in the NBA.
Swider transferred to Syracuse for this season, and it was where he started to blossom.
The Rhode Island native started all 33 games this year and put up 13.9 points and 6.8 rebounds a game.
Swider’s biggest strength is his shooting. He made 41.1 percent of his 3-point attempts this year, and he appears to have a nice stroke.