Minnesota Timberwolves Draft Lottery 2017

Posted May 16, 2017

"People are asking, 'Do you guys have to have that pick?' " Pelinka said shortly after the 2016-17 season ended.

The Lakers are now on a streak of no. 2 picks, as the team drafted D'Angelo Russell with the no. 2 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and selected Brandon Ingram with the no. 2 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Jim Oxley/HERO SportsIs Markelle Fultz the likely top overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft? They are followed by the Suns and the Lakers.

Because of a prior trade, if the Lakers do not win a top-three pick - a 53.08 percent chance - the Magic will receive the Lakers' unprotected first-round pick in 2019. They're in line for the 12th pick, with a 2.5 percent chance of jumping into the top three and a mere 0.7 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick. Video of the 2016 drawing can be found at: http://www.nba.com/video/channels/draft/2016/05/17/2016-draft-lottery-drawing.nba. If the Knicks rise to No. 3, Jackson would have a shot at Fox or Kansas' Josh Jackson, a small forward who could replace Carmelo Anthony if the All-Star is traded. In the past, he's brought one of the pingpong balls that gave the Magic lottery victories in 1992, 1993 and 2004. If the latter happens, the Lakers could absorb dealing a young player since the new prospect will take his place.

Where are the Lakers now projected to pick? "I think this validates some of the pain we went through". "We also have a plan that we don't". If the Heat's logo is not the one that comes out of the first envelope during the broadcast for the 14th overall pick, that means they will have jumped into one of the first three selections.

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Moore does not mind if Dallas winds up with the No. 2 pick, either, if only to see the Mavericks draft UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball and set up a battle between his loud-mouth father LaVar and Dallas owner Mark Cuban. And the Lakers have enough cap space to sign a player to a max contract.

Basketball can be confusing, especially when you're a fan of a team as complex as the Los Angeles Lakers. 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. After that we get an abundance of centers, with those possessing the ability to shoot the deep ball of high priority over, say, Edrice "Bam" Adebayo. "If we don't, just like those sports moments, we have to find a way". Executives for the Lakers, on the other hand? Isaiah Briscoe, another early United Kingdom entry, is not expected to be drafted, but he could sign as a free agent later this summer.

That sounds logical. Why should they give up the pick for a veteran who can't put them over the top against the elite teams in the Western Conference?

The Timberwolves selected point guards Ricky Rubio fifth and Jonny Flynn sixth in 2009.