Ring up the
Their string of bad luck continued Tuesday when they dropped a spot in the
The Lakers declined immediate comment, but
Franchise-changer or not, this is an important pick for the Lakers to nail at the June 26 draft. They don't have a second-round pick, which would have been 36th overall, because of the
The injury-dogged Lakers got only six games out of
They can forget about taking anyone from the draft's consensus top three: Joel Embiid and
More likely, they will closely study over the next few weeks Kentucky power forward Julius Randle, Indiana power forward Noah Vonleh, Oklahoma State point guard
Each has his question marks: Randle needs to improve his defense; Vonleh had great measurements at the draft combine but didn't always excel on the court at Indiana; Smart needs to shoot better from long distance; and Gordon has athleticism but is raw outside of the paint.
Australian point guard Dante Exum, who shares the same agent as Bryant, is expected to be gone before the Lakers pick.
Not even bobblehead dolls of Chick Hearn and
The Lakers had a 6.3% chance to win the top spot, 7.1% to get the second pick and 8.1% to win the third selection.
They had a 43.9% chance at staying at No. 6, which suddenly looked good when it was initially revealed Cleveland jumped up from ninth to an unspecified destination in the top three. The Cavaliers also won the first pick in last year's draft, taking forward
"It seems surreal," Cavaliers executive Jeff Cohen said.
Before the first ping-pong ball was even pulled, there was a 30.5% chance the Lakers would fall to seventh.
It actually could have been worse. There was a 4% chance of their dropping to eighth and a 0.1% chance of sliding to ninth.
Milwaukee finished with the league's worst record (15-67) but slid from first to second thanks to Cleveland's lucky jump. Philadelphia had the second-worst record and endured a 26-game losing streak but fell to third in the lottery.
The Lakers haven't kept their first-round pick since taking