The 2015-16 Los Angeles Lakers thread

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    The 2015-16 Los Angeles Lakers thread

    Lakers will keenly follow the bouncing balls in NBA lottery Tuesday

    The Lakers will see if six months of angst and ruin was worth it shortly after hearing the sound of 14 ping-pong balls dropped into a plastic hopper Tuesday.

    The Day has arrived for the Lakers, the one they've been anticipating — or dreading? — since the end of their worst season ever.

    The NBA draft lottery in New York will reveal if they move up from their current No. 4 spot into prime top-three territory. Or they could fall two spots and cough up the top-five-protected pick they owe for the Steve Nash trade in 2012, in what would be a devastating turn for the Lakers after going 21-61 last season.

    "That is a huge, huge piece of this lottery on Tuesday night — what becomes of the Lakers' pick?" Orlando Magic executive Pat Williams said.

    No matter what, the Lakers have the 27th overall pick after Houston gave it to them to take Jeremy Lin last summer. But make no mistake — all eyes are on the other pick in a draft that's very strong up top.

    There is a 17.2% chance two teams pass the Lakers in the lottery, forcing them to forfeit the pick to the Philadelphia 76ers, who acquired it from Phoenix in February.

    On the other hand, there's a 37.8% chance the Lakers move into one of the top three picks for the June 25 draft.

    "We can get better quickly. We can be in the hunt quickly," Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said last month after players cleaned out their lockers. "A lot depends on May 19.

    Since the basic framework for the present-day lottery was installed in 1996, the No. 4 spot has not been kind to lottery teams. Teams have moved up from the position five times, moved down 13 times and stayed in the same spot only once.

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    I think the Lakers end up with the #2 pick tonight.
     
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    Nailed it!


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    Oh please, please KAT.
     
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    i really hope KAT goes to Minny... and he should if they have a brain in their heads... which they likely don't.

    I'd much rather see Okafor on the Lakers. I think he'll be a solid player, but much more in the limited impact of an Al Jefferson then the all around beast that KAT could end up being.
     
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    I'm great with either...but please KAT...PLEASE!
     
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    LOVE this pick for you guys... because I don't see this kid being a superstar in any way shape or form. think he'll be a good player, but he doesn't have mega-star in his DNA, IMO.
     
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    Disagree...dude has elite court vision and ball IQ.

    This pick makes me drool. 4 years downstream he will be beasting. I will be so pissed if he's a trade asset.

    I assumed we'd go big and am happy we didn't.

    Go get LMA.
     
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    Solid draft, IMHO.

    2 D'Angelo Russell, G, Ohio State
    27 Larry Nance, Jr., F, Wyoming
    34 Anthony Brown, SF, Stanford
     
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