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Pelinka: Lakers' success "not contingent on getting the pick"

Hilda Schwartz | 16 May, 2017, 09:57

Tuesday night's NBA Draft Lottery affords the 76ers a rare opportunity.

They're also more likely to select fourth.

"I've been having visions of Dave DeBusschere hyperventilating and pounding on the table, " Frazier said in an email, referring to his former teammate winning the Patrick Ewing Lottery as general manager in 1985. Using that same tool and data, we can count the number of lottery picks each college has produced as a program. It's said that this could help Okafor get plenty of touches on offense, and he could also become a rebounding and defensive understudy to veteran Tyson Chandler. "I think this validates some of the pain we went through". So yeah, you're not going to want to miss it. "The unknown is always - all right let's just get it going so we'll know".

The 2017 NBA Draft Lottery is Tuesday night, May 16, and there's a ton at stake. The top three picks are chosen by a random drawing of numbered pingpong balls, while the rest of the picks are ordered according to worst record following the 2016-17 season.

The Lakers are now on a streak of no. 2 picks, as the team drafted D'Angelo Russell with the no. 2 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and selected Brandon Ingram with the no. 2 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

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The Boston Celtics, thanks to a prior deal made with the Brooklyn Nets, have the best odds (25%) of landing the coveted No. 1 overall pick.

Pelinka argued the Lakers are "already in a position of strength" after the Houston Rockets sent them a late first-round pick (28th) and swingman Corey Brewer for veteran guard Lou Williams before the February trade deadline. The speculated National Basketball Association trade would involve the Suns sending the Sixers a few second-round draft picks or just sending guard Brandon Knight to Philadelphia. They selected Andrew Wiggins, setting up the Kevin Love trade that was the final step in bringing LeBron back home-changing the course of the Cavs franchise forever. The Celtics have a 25 percent shot at No. 1, courtesy of a previous trade with the Brooklyn Nets, and they can not pick lower than No. 4 overall. For a top three pick, it's 18.2 percent.

The Sixers have their own selection, with a 100 percent of receiving a top seven selection in the NBA Draft Lottery. It is top-3 protected, so the Pelicans would keep the selection if they draw that high. If the Lakers fall out of the top three, their pick goes to the 76ers, who would get it from Phoenix per terms of a three-team trade with Milwaukee at the 2015 deadline.

Three of the top players available in this year's draft are point guards - UCLA star Lonzo Ball, Washington's Markelle Fultz and Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox.

Giles was the No. 1 overall prospect in this freshman class coming out of high school, though he wasn't able to produce consistently at Duke after tearing both ACLs in high school and undergoing three knee surgeries.

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