The Lakers finally won on Sunday, defeating the Memphis Grizzlies 108-103. While it was nice to see the kids playing well and beating a playoff caliber team, the win brought about mixed emotion for many fans.
With a record of 22-55 the Lakers are now tied with the Phoenix Suns for the second worst record in the league. There are no tiebreakers for worst record, meaning the Lakers and Suns would split the odds on draft night. While the Lakers would still have a 51 percent chance of keeping their pick – down from 56 percent – the importance of that pick cannot be overstated.
If the Lakers keep their 2017 pick, they also keep their 2019 first rounder which is owed to the Orlando Magic. That pick would, in turn, become two second round picks.
The Lakers need to keep this pick, and a five percent change could be the difference.
Lakers Nation News
Report: Lakers shut down Nick Young for the remainder of the season – CBS Sports
Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram is feeling close to 100% – LA Times
Monday’s Lakers News: Russell praised after win over Grizzlies – ESPN
Lakers’ top brass agrees that Luke Walton is the coach of the future – LA Times
The Lakers may have had the most costly win of the NBA season – Yahoo! Sports
Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell takes ‘huge step forward’ during game against Grizzlies – LA Daily News
Lakers win, but it might be costly at NBA Draft – LA Daily News
NBA Will No Longer Allow Team Broadcasters To Vote On Awards – Deadspin
NBA Trade Rumors: Paul George, Jimmy Butler are the summer’s biggest prizes – CBS Sports
NBA to host first awards show at New York’s Basketball City – ESPN
Stakes are higher than usual for NBA awards because of CBA – ESPN
2017 NBA management rankings: Exec ratings, from top to bottom – ESPN
De’Aaron Fox says he will leave Kentucky to enter NBA Draft – NBA.com
Patrick Ewing comes home to Hoyas for opportunity NBA never gave him – Sporting News