The 2016 NBA Draft Lottery is set to take place in New York on Tuesday night at 5 p.m. PST with plenty implications on the table for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers currently hold a top-three protected first-round draft pick that can remain in their possession if the ping pong balls bounce in their favor. If not, the selection will be handed over to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of the sign-and-trade deal that landed the team Steve Nash in July of 2012.
Los Angeles finished with the second-worst record in the league this past season giving them a 55.8 percent of a chance of retaining their pick in the top three spots in the draft order. The odds stand at 19.9 percent to win the lottery with the first overall selection.
The numbers drop a bit for the next two spots with an 18.8 percent chance for the second overall pick and 17.1 percent for the third. On the other hand, the pick has the greatest odds at the fourth spot with a 31.9 percent chance and 12.3 percent for the fifth.
The Lakers will be represented on stage by general manager Mitch Kupchak and in the lottery room by Vice President of Public Relations John Black. This marks just the fifth time in franchise history that the team has been in the lottery.
Los Angeles was in a similar spot last year with their first-round draft pick being top-five protected or given to the 76ers if landed outside the first five spots. The odds were a bit different having finished with the fourth-worst record in the league that season, but they was able to get the second overall pick that was eventually used to take D’Angelo Russell.
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