On May 20, the
Currently, the Lakers have the ninth-worst record in the league, but they're not too far ahead of the
It would take serious losing for the Lakers to catch the
The silver lining in the prospect of a lost season is that it will likely help the Lakers land one of the top prospects in the draft.
Kansas has two players of note, center Joel Embiid and small forward
Three power forwards could go in the top 10 -- Julius Randle (Kentucky), Jabari Parker (
Oklahoma State point guard
Other early lottery candidates include centers Willie Cauley-Stein (Kentucky) and Noah Vonleh (Indiana). Forward options could include James Young (Kentucky),
The list of prospects will vary as time goes on. The draft is set for June 26.
What kind of talent the Lakers will need a matter up for discussion.
So although there's no telling exactly what will happen when the NBA holds the 2014 draft, there's a strong chance that one of the talented young players listed above will be a Laker next season.