The Biggest Winners & Losers From The 2017 NBA Combine

The Biggest Winners & Losers From The 2017 NBA Combine

Plenty around NBA circles consider the Lakers' NBA lottery fortunes as the most significant asset as they continue to rebuild under an overhauled front office.

That same logic could apply to a draft class loaded with point guards - Washington's Markelle Fultz, UCLA's Lonzo Ball, and Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox are expected to go in three of the four top picks - and with Isaiah Thomas still the man in Boston. But the Sixers should be fine with just that one pick. If Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka and, by extension, President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson had their way, this will be the last time the team or its fans will have to be as concerned with that as they now are. The Lakers for years stood atop the National Basketball Association podium proudly staring down on the rest of the league.

The overwhelming odds say Denver, coming off a 40-42 season that fell two games short of a playoff berth, will have the No. 13 selection the draft. It also occurred in 2011, when the Pistons had the seventh-worst record and dropped to the eighth pick, taking Brandon Knight. The Suns sent the pick to Philadelphia in 2015 as part of a three-team trade through which they acquired Brandon Knight. But even if the Magic get a top 3 pick, they will need to make it count. New president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and GM Rob Pelinka have made it clear they are trying to attract superstar free agents, but the fact remains that great players do not want to come play for a bad team even in LA.

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And if the Lakers lose the pick?

The Celtics are one win away from the Eastern Conference finals, and also have a 25 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, courtesy of a 2013 trade with the Brooklyn Nets.

They will enter the lottery with an 8.80 percent chance of winning the top overall pick, a 9.65 percent probability of receiving the second pick and 10.67 percent odds of obtaining the third pick. If not, Orlando would then receive a 1st round pick in 2019 from L.A. So, with potentially 4 picks in this year's draft some of you may be thinking it's all about quality not quantity...but it can never hurt to an influx of young talent; especially since the Lakeland Magic will be playing just down the road now. "It's a really good time to get to have some social interaction with the players and understand what type of people they are, what their character is". If they slip at all, things could get dicey. So the Sixers have a 53.1 percent chance of having two picks in the top seven.

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Will the Kings incompetence continue to bite them?

"Trust the process. Hopefully the last time we're in the lottery", Embiid tweeted. Keeping the pick could be the difference between a successful rebuild and several more years of scratching and clawing to return to relevancy. There would be a graphic that show the pieces in that trade, and the world would get a glimpse inside the circus that Vivek Ranadive and Vlade Divac have put together in northern California.

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