After a season that can only be described as an unmitigated disaster, the Los Angeles Lakers entered the NBA draft lottery looking to catch a much-needed break. The basketball gods had other things in mind, however, as their tumultuous season took a turn for the worse.
It wasn’t a basketball that crushed the Lakers this time, though. Those dreaded pingpong balls bounced, bounced and bounced some more, and when it was all said and done, the Lakers didn’t leave with a coveted top-three pick in this talented draft. They didn’t even leave with the sixth pick that their decrepit play had rewarded them with.
No, they actually dropped a spot, as the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled a rabbit out of their hat and leaped up to the No. 1 spot. On a quick tangent, would someone please tell Bill Simmons that God doesn’t hate Cleveland? He tries to help, he really does. It’s not his fault Cleveland can’t capitalize on his gifts.
Anyway, back to the Lakers.
The most crushing thing the lottery wrought was the demise of the Kevin Love era, err dream, in Los Angeles. It was a stretch to begin with, as the Lakers are devoid of talent in which to package, but without a top-three pick, the harsh reality has set in: There will be no Love-fest in Hollywood next season.
Don’t fret, though, Los Angeles, because the beauty of life is that even in the worst of times, there is always a silver lining. That holds true here. While this draft might not be stacked with as many game-changers as previously thought, there is still some serious talent to be had, even with the seventh pick.
With the Lakers having holes in nearly every area, it won’t be about filling a need. The onus will be on drafting the best player that falls to them. While Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid are sure to go in the top three, in some order, the rest of the draft is in absolute limbo.
We’ll try to make sense of the chaos that is sure to ensue, and in the process, flush out the prospects that would entertain the golden boys the most.
All stats and measurements courtesy of DraftExpress.com.