Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Heat Face Long Odds in NBA Draft Lottery

Heat Face Long Odds in NBA Draft Lottery

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. The NBA takes 1,000 of those possibilities and assigns them to each of the fourteen lottery teams. For a top three pick, it's 18.2 percent.

"He goes hard because he wants to get better, so we (had) to create an environment where it's physical, it's mental and it's a challenge all the way around", Thomas said of Harris in March.

"I think we're prepared to have it", Pelinka said. "We're just trying to get ourselves past this lottery and the draft and see where we stand". At the same time, the draft lottery isn't necessarily a must-win on Tuesday, as the 2017 NBA Draft doesn't have an undisputed franchise-altering player at No. 1 overall, a la LeBron James or Tim Duncan. They have to. Finding out they don't have such a fallback plan would be exponentially more concerning than losing the pick itself (and the 2019 first-rounder) on Tuesday night. By just missing the postseason, Miami ended up with the best record among the lottery teams.

If the Magic get a top pick, the pool of candidates may be more inclined to take the job. That pick comes from the Brooklyn Nets, who finished the season 20-62. The Mavs have an 81.31-percent chance of staying at the No. 9 pick and just a.38-percent chance of falling outside the top 10. LA has a 15.6 percent chance of finishing with the no. 1 overall pick, a 15.7 percent chance of finishing with the no. 2 overall pick and a 15.6 percent chance of finishing with the no. 3 overall pick.

If they keep their pick, they will only give Orlando two second rounders in 2017 and 2018. They are followed by the Suns and the Lakers.

That 2015 pick, though, was protected in the top five. If the Lakers remain in the top three, than the Sixers will have to wait until next year to receive the Lakers first round selection.

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As Nate Taylor pointed out in one of his recent insiders, Collins and Leaf are two of the more intriguing prospects in got to talk to at the combine.

In 2016 the pick was protected in the top three and the Lakers kept it again.

Miami did not have a pick in the draft previous year and now does not own a selection in 2018. The Lakers originally dealt it to Phoenix in 2012 in the trade for Steve Nash, and the 76ers later acquired it from the Suns. Likely prospects to go No. 1 overall are Washington guard Markelle Fultz and UCLA guard and expensive shoe-wearer Lonzo Ball.

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.

Having tried Russell off the ball some last season, the Lakers feel confident they could play him alongside a dynamic rookie point guard. If they slip at all, things could get dicey. That's a great place to start so as to avoid relying on weighted coin flips as they will be Tuesday night.

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