We got a plan in place for that, and if we don't we've got a plan in place if we don't. "I think this validates some of the pain we went through".
A general overall view of the 2015 NBA Draft Lottery on May 19, 2015 at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City. The top three picks are chosen by a random drawing of numbered pingpong balls, while the rest of the picks are ordered according to worst record following the 2016-17 season. As the best team - record-wise - in the lottery, Miami will be assigned the fewest of the 1,001 combinations of any of the 14 non-playoff teams. So the Nuggets enter the draft lottery hoping they can somehow hit on their 0.6 percent chance to land the No. 1 pick or their roughly 2 percent chance of landing anywhere in the top three. That pick comes from the Brooklyn Nets, who finished the season 20-62.
What it all adds up to is that if the Lakers keep their 2017 pick they will also have their 2019 first rounder but will lose their 2018 first and their 2017 and 2018 second rounders.
The Boston Celtics, owner of the best record in East this season, have the best chance to win the top pick in the June 22 draft thanks to a 2013 trade with the Brooklyn Nets, owners of the worst record in the National Basketball Association this season. 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. Even though the Kings' need for a point guard is an annual discussion, Sacramento has not used a first-round pick on the position since 2011, when it was believed Jimmer Fredette could play the position. One way or another, on Tuesday the Lakers will finally know what assets they will have available to them, but it's going to be a nervous evening for all involved.
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The Lakers have just a 46.9% chance of keeping their top-three protected first-round pick, and if the ping-pong balls don't bounce their way, the pick will head to the Philadelphia 76ers as the final jab from the doomed Steve Nash trade. However, for maximum drama the telecast begins at pick 14 and counts down until the top pick. As of right now, Draft Express has the Phoenix Suns selecting second and the Philadelphia 76ers getting the fourth overall pick. That's the point in the draft where many role players are drafted, and hidden gems can be found. The Pistons either will move up to one of the top three spots, stay pat at No. 12, or move back because a team behind them moved into the top three and pushed the rest back. Or perhaps one of the top point guards, UCLA's Lonzo Ball, Washington's Markelle Fultz or Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox.
Moving forward, a world in which the Lakers don't have to venture back into the lottery seems like something fans would certainly be interested in.
As New York weighs its options and determines which player would be best to invest in, the front office shouldn't forget about Dennis Smith. There will be plenty of time for Johnson to find his successor if he gets that opportunity.
"I'll be around for a while, and I'm sure we'll meet with Mark and with Donnie".