Dear God, please don’t let it be Lonzo Ball.
Last night, from 8-8:30 I was flipping between watching the Reds and Cubs slug it out, and ESPN’s coverage of the NBA Draft Lottery countdown. At 8:30, they were expected to begin announcing the draft order, so from that point on, I was locked in.
The Lakers had a chance to get any pick from 1-6, and only got to keep their pick if it was top 3. If they had received picks 4, 5 or 6, the selection would have gone to Philly as part of the Steve Nash trade from what feels like 19 years ago. Picks 14-7 were announced in reverse order, and when they got to picks 6, 5 and 4, my breath was held. Alas, I did not hear the Lakers name announced, and knew that we had secured a top 3 pick, and I could finally breathe a sigh of relief.
Here is a list of the teams with the best odds of getting the #1 pick versus how the Lottery actually shook out.
|Best Odds||Actual Order|
|1. Boston (via Brooklyn)||1. Boston|
|2. Phoenix||2. LA Lakers|
|3. LA Lakers||3. Philadelphia|
|4. Philadelphia||4. Phoenix|
|5. Orlando||5. Sacramento|
|6. Minnesota||6. Orlando|
|7. New York||7. Minnesota|
|8. Sacramento||8. New York|
|9. Dallas||9. Dallas|
|10. New Orleans||10. Sacramento (from New Orleans)|
|11. Charlotte||11. Charlotte|
|12. Detroit||12. Detroit|
|13. Denver||13. Denver|
|14. Miami||14. Miami|
As you can see, not too much changed. LA and Philly moved up the ladder, and a little shuffle in the middle there, with PHX moving back. Everyone is talking about the top picks in this year’s draft and most settle on Lonzo Ball and Markelle Fultz as 1a and 1b. The Lakers will have to wait and see who Boston grabs before making their selection, but hopefully Boston takes Lonzo. I can’t stand Lonzo’s dad, so I don’t know if I could take years of Lavar telling us why his son is the best (also, his shoes are fugly and overpriced, in case you didn’t hear the internet yell loud enough about that yet).
It shook out perfectly for the Lakers to keep their pick and keep improving the team.
Boston, you are on the clock.