Pistons president-coach Stan Van Gundy joked that he would try to rent Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert's son, who's been the Cavs' representative at the lottery twice - and gotten a couple of No. 1 picks. "Do I get better at Duke or do I get better in the National Basketball Association?" The Phoenix Suns have been speculated to get anywhere from the top pick to the third overall pick when the selection order is determined in Tuesday's NBA Draft Lottery.
The 2017 NBA Draft Lottery is Tuesday night, May 16, and there's a ton at stake.
Former Sixers General Manager Sam Hinkie acquired the Lakers' pick in a 2015 trade for ex-NBA Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams, who is now a reserve on his third pro team.
The weeklong event did not feature numerous top prospects - only Markelle Fultz and De'Aaron Fox attended among the top 10 prospects in the upcoming draft - but still provided the team with tons of information on prospective prospects. "Plus, assuming they remain at ninth, whatever player they might be able to acquire for that pick isn't going to put them over the top this coming season - unless you're talking about getting over the top of.500", he continued. UCLA guard Lonzo Ball goes to the Lakers, Kansas swingman Josh Jackson goes to the Suns and NC State point guard Dennis Smith goes to the 76ers at No. 4. Even Jermaine O'Neal (17) and Zydrunas Ilgauskas (20) were All-Stars who were taken outside the lottery. He was at times inconsistent offensively, shooting just 38 percent from 3 and struggling occasionally in the half-court when opposing defenses threw multiple defenders at him, hounding him in the pick and roll. Whatever comes, if we're rebuilding, then I'm the face of that. "We also have a plan that we don't". They did get to move up two spots past year after swapping picks with the Knicks (a final byproduct of the Carmelo Anthony trade), but the proverbial ping pong balls have never bounced their way.
This year's draft will be the first chance that the Knicks have to add a franchise building block alongside Porzingis. And the Lakers have enough cap space to sign a player to a max contract.
And, in 1992, the Wolves had the NBA's worst record but fell to No. 3 in the lottery, which left Minnesota to sit idly as Shaquille O'Neal and Alonzo Mourning came off the board.
"Unfortunately, since there's no playoffs, we've got plenty of time now", Nowitzki candidly said. "If we don't, just like those sports moments, we have to find a way".
If the Lakers do land a top-three pick, three point guards have emerged as the top three talents in the draft.
With Pelinka frequently comparing the rebuilding process to solving a Rubik's cube, the Lakers have already done other things in hopes of expediting that process. Isaiah Briscoe, another early United Kingdom entry, is not expected to be drafted, but he could sign as a free agent later this summer. If Boston gets the number one pick they have two very different, yet equally enticing, options. I was in the hotel, and I saw Magic Johnson, Luke Walton and Larry Bird.