When it came time for the Lottery Party faithful to articulate their evening's greatest desire, it wasn't "LA-KERS PICK!' or "NUM-BER ONE!" that we chanted - even though both were actually more likely outcomes". The 76ers were also banking on their recent tank strategy to pay off with another top pick, while the Sacramento Kings were looking at 2 picks inside the top 10 to start rebuilding post-Boogie. The Lakers managed to hold onto their pick for another season. The Celtics defeated the Wizards in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Monday and will now add the No. 1 pick - Washington guard Markelle Fultz, perhaps - to an already talented roster. With the first overall pick a year ago, they drafted forward Ben Simmons out of LSU. Now that they have kept their pick, they will have the chance to do that.
The No. 2 spot for the Lakers means they could be in position to select Lonzo Ball, the local star from UCLA who dazzled in his lone college season.
With faith in D'Angelo Russell diminishing in LaLa Land, this year would be the flawless chance to take SoCal superstar Lonzo Ball. Probably. They remain perimeter heavy, but Ball could be excellent. That would leave the Sixers with the choice of either Kansas wing player Josh Jackson or Duke small forward Jayson Tatum at No. 3. "I wish we would have gotten the No. 1 pick, but we trust the process and it's going to be exciting to see what we're going for". We have a lot of decisions to make before we get there.
Entering the night with the second best odds, it seemed they may have finally gotten some good luck on their side. However, Pierce, doesn't think they should draft Fultz. They need shooting, and, well, a lot of things. A stretch forward? Sure.
Posting a 28-54 record last season, the Sixers were destined to head into Tuesday's festivities with relatively decent odds, one way or the other. "We're not far away, and we like our direction, and we like the evolution of this team, and how we project out", Colangelo said. That said, who knows what Thibs and Co. are thinking? But the noise surrounding him might be too much for a contending team and the prospect of drafting someone so adamant about being a Laker might be enough to turn them off of Lonzo. Collins didn't start a game previous year for Gonzaga, but still averaged 10.0 points per game and won the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, awarded to top center in men's college basketball.
The Sacramento Kings rounded out the top five. Although unlikely, it is a possibility that we all should be ready for if it were to transpire.