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Lakers out Sixers in: the ideal Draft Lottery 1-5

The NBA Draft lottery is tonight and here is the preview of what outcome would be best for the NBA.

Coming into tonight’s lottery, 14 teams have a chance of getting the top slot. The Boston Celtics, Pheonix Suns, and the Los Angeles Lakers have the best odds at a Top three selection. In the case of the Lakers, that top three selection is critical.

The Lakers pick is top three protected, if it falls outside the three, the pick goes to Philadelphia.


Lakers coach Luke Walton and general manager Rob Pelinka

Of course, who wouldn’t want the lovable-Lakers to keep their pick? The true underdog story of the humble Lakers team beating the odds. Keeping their pick and play happily ever after in Sunny LA.

Orlando may have a problem with that. Sitting at five in the Lottery standings are the Magic. The team with as much dysfunction as the Knicks and as little team interest as the Hawks, the Magic need an outstanding draft.

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Speaking of the Knicks, they sit at seven right behind the Timberwolves. While the Knicks struggle with continuity and regular day-to-day tasks, the Wolves need more on the court help. Another pick could seal up the Wolves game and make them a dark horse for next years playoff push.

The Picks:

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{Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports}


The following is a speculative list of what would be the best draft order for the future of the NBA and why the choice was mad.

Pick 1: The Boston Celtics

The Celtics are one of the few teams in history to have top three pick and also make the playoffs (let alone be the top seed). That being said The Celtics roster is as flawed as any in the league. They don’t quite know how to utilize Al Horford strength. Above all, they Celtics roster is as undersized as they come. This tends to happen when your point guard is 5’9″, and your two guard is roughly 6’1″.

Regardless of what the Celtics do in the playoffs, they need more than just a draft pick. They’ll need to decide where they are going with this roster. While the Celtics may not be interested in adding another teenager to their roster, the pick gives Boston flexibility in how they move forward.

Pick 2: The Philadelphia 76ers

The Sixers have the potential to be a BIG next season. Not only with their plethora of front-court fillers but in their ability to make a difference in the East.

Joel Embiid, in only 30 games, turned the Sixers into an exciting team. He’s a defensive stopper and is unstoppable on the offensive end. When he’s on the court, the Sixers have one of the best defensive ratings in basketball.

With Ben Simmons coming into what will be his rookie year, the point-forward should take the reigns of this Sixers teams budding offense. Simmons play-making should make the lives easier for all of the Sixers role-players and could lighten the load put on Embiid’s shoulders.