Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Draft lottery 2017: How it works

This will be the second time that the team's general manager will represent them with the last one coming back in 2012. That could provide both teams with some new pieces to their puzzles as they look to move closer toward playoff contention.

Regardless of what the Lakers decide to do with the pick should they manage to keep it, perhaps the most important thing is that keeping it would allow them to maintain the momentum and positive vibes that they have built up since the All-Star break.

The Sixers can fall anywhere between first and seventh in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft, with as many as two top-five picks depending on whether the Lakers' selection falls inside the protected top three.

In such a world, the current young core of D'Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram, etc., will have all either grown into the potential that made them high lottery picks or Pelinka and Johnson shipped them out for the likes of a superstar good enough to lift the organization singlehandedly for the foreseeable future.

Some other players to watch in the middle of the first round include power forwards' Ivan Rabb (California) and John Collins (Wake Forest).

The Phoenix Suns, who possess the second-best odds in the lottery, will have guard Devin Booker participating.

The NBA Draft preparation has been going on for months and the Dallas Mavericks have been right in the thick of it as they patiently wait to learn of their draft position and who they might take depending on where that is.

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One of those holes is point guard. It's no secret Philadelphia would like to deal him and that Okafor isn't happy there, so it makes sense that he and the team parting ways would be a good idea for everyone involved. They selected Andrew Wiggins, setting up the Kevin Love trade that was the final step in bringing LeBron back home-changing the course of the Cavs franchise forever.

"He goes hard because he wants to get better, so we (had) to create an environment where it's physical, it's mental and it's a challenge all the way around", Thomas said of Harris in March.

In a point guard heavy draft, it will be interesting to see how the Celtics approach this draft - with or without the top pick.

In 188 games (138 starts), Harris has averaged 26.3 minutes, 10.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. Chicago's point guards were ineffective and it cost the team. 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. You might be surprised at some of the all-time greats the Pistons could have drafted in addition to the number of solid contributors they bypassed. As it stands, Simmons hasn't really had much time to adapt to playing as a part of the Sixers due to his injury and surgery rehab concerns.

The odds are in the Sixers' favor when it comes to getting the Lakers pick.

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

NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum at the 2015 draft lottery.

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