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Mercifully, the Los Angeles Lakers’ dreadful season is nearing its end. The Lakers lost yet another game on Wednesday night, a 119-101 defeat to the Denver Nuggets on the road which makes it their 58th loss on the season, already the most losses in franchise history.
The only unresolved matter of any interest to those that follow the Lakers is where they will land in the NBA draft lottery standings and after Wednesday night’s loss it provided a bit more clarity and hope that they’ll hold on to their draft pick. With the loss to the Nuggets and Orlando Magic’s win over the Bulls on Wednesday, the Lakers clinched no worse than the 4th seed in the lottery standings which is great means they will likely not fall out of the top 5 and lose their pick to the 76ers.
The current lottery standings courtesy of Tankathon.com shows the Lakers now have a very promising 37.8 percent chance of landing a top 3 pick but probably more importantly, they have an
84 percent 82.8 percent chance of staying within the top 5 and keeping their pick.
College and international players that will now be realistically up for grabs for the Lakers will be big men Jahlil Okafor of Duke and Karl-Anthony Towns of Kentucky. Perimeter players that are projected in the top 5 are Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell, international phenom Emmanuel Mudiay and Duke’s Justise Winslow, all of which would be great pairings with break out rookie Jordan Clarkson and last year’s lottery pick, Julius Randle.
The Lakers also have additional opportunity to add young talent with Houston’s pick that should end up in the high 20s and their 2nd round pick which is pegged at 34 at the moment.
Lakers could be on pace for a quick turnaround with the heaping amount of young talent they are on pace to receive in this year’s coming draft and what they could net in free agency making their situation more appealing for free agent classes to come.