Don't Forget About Dennis Smith In 2017 NBA Draft

Don't Forget About Dennis Smith In 2017 NBA Draft

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.

The Hornets' odds for getting the No. 1 pick again, 26 years after LJ? If the former happens, perhaps the Lakers can include one of the cumbersome contracts of veterans Luol Deng (three years, $54 million) or Timofey Mozgov (three years, $48 million). "And as it ended up, all of our hopes and our plans came out as we wanted them to". "We're just trying to get ourselves past this lottery and the draft and see where we stand". So yeah, you're not going to want to miss it.

On Tuesday evening, coach Dave Joerger will represent the Kings at the National Basketball Association draft lottery, sitting on a stage in Secaucus, N.J., hoping all the things his team did in February to shake up the direction of the franchise leads to two top-10 picks in a what is being called a deep and talented draft class by several league observers.

The Nets are in a rebuilding mode and had the NBA's worst record this season, so the timing worked out perfectly for the Celtics.

Of course, there's more in play for the Sixers than just their lottery results.

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The lottery sets the top three picks, and the remainder of the 14 teams in the lottery will select in the inverse order of their finish, so the Celtics can do no worse than the No. 4 pick. That pick comes from the Brooklyn Nets, who finished the season 20-62. Eight times the Wolves have moved back in the draft, with other teams moving into the top three to leapfrog Minnesota. But after winning only 11 games combined in December, January, February and March, the Lakers went on a five-game winning streak in April, closing the season having won five of their last six games. This is all due to a 2012 trade that sent Steve Nash, 43, from the Suns to the Lakers.

The Sixers have their own selection, with a 100 percent of receiving a top seven selection in the NBA Draft Lottery.

Optimistically Monk could still be had at No. 5 - and if not, the Sixers could target another point guard in Dennis Smith. It is top-3 protected, so the Pelicans would keep the selection if they draw that high. Of the 1,000 number combinations used to determine the lottery victor, Denver will have just six total chances to move up into the top three picks. Hopefully, they will have better luck this time around. If every thing breaks wrong for Boston and they fall all the way to pick number four, they would still have these options, but in both scenarios they would get theoretically less value. There will be plenty of time for Johnson to find his successor if he gets that opportunity.

The Orlando Magic's biggest problem, their lack of All-Star talent, could be solved through the whimsical, random bounces of 14 pingpong balls Tuesday night.

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