There was a very important game for
Oklahoma City vs.
Lakers vs. San Antonio? Getting closer.
With fewer than 30 games until the 2015-16 season ends for the Lakers, it's never too early to figure out where they sit in lottery land, along with their sad companions.
Louisiana State forward Ben Simmons remains the class of
Here are the lottery standings, along with applicable winning percentages and ever-important schedule strength the rest of the way.
May the worst team lose!
1) Philadelphia (8-43)
Despite their riveting 103-98 victory Saturday over the Nets, the 76ers remain the lowest of the low.
On the good side, they're only two victories from not being the worst
Current chances of winning the No. 1 overall pick: 25%.
Games left vs. teams under .500: 17.
2) Lakers (11-42)
The Lakers almost won three in a row with their young players looking better and
But they lost in the final minute to San Antonio and remained below Brooklyn. An added lottery bonus: The Lakers have the roughest remaining schedule of the bottom teams.
They lose their draft pick if they fall out of the top three when the pingpong balls are drawn in May (thanks,
Current chances of winning the No. 1 pick: 19.9%.
Current chances of falling out of the top three on lottery night: 44.31%.
Games left vs. teams under .500: 11.
3) Brooklyn (13-39)
The Nets could free-fall if they trade
Current chances of winning the No. 1 pick: 15.6%.
Games left vs. teams under .500: 18.
4) Phoenix (14-38)
This is the team that lottery enthusiasts envision falling below the Lakers.
Fun times ahead: Phoenix and the Lakers play two more times, March 18 and March 23.
Current chances of winning the No. 1 pick: 11.9%.
Games left vs. teams under .500: 14.
Hibbert's return to Indiana
Move aside, Bryant.
Monday will be a one-game "hello again" tour for Lakers center Roy Hibbert.
He still has friends in Indiana, still considers
But he got thrust from the
His days in Indiana were unofficially done on a busy day last June when the Pacers drafted center Myles Turner from Texas and Hibbert exercised a player option for $15.6 million for 2015-16.
He was traded to the Lakers about a week later for a 2019 second-round pick. He hasn't made the impact the team hoped, averaging 6.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots.
It'll be somewhat interesting to see how Pacers fans react when he is introduced before Monday's game at
LAKERS AT INDIANA PACERS
When: Monday, 4 p.m. PST.
On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330.
Record vs. Pacers: 0-1.
Update: Indiana continues to lurk in the bottom tier of possible Eastern Conference playoff teams.