They dropped a spot in the
The Lakers got only six games out of
They had a 6.3% chance to win the top spot Tuesday, 7.1% to take the second pick and 8.1% to win the third selection.
The Lakers had a 43.9% chance at staying at No. 6 overall, which suddenly looked good when it was revealed Cleveland jumped up from ninth.
Before the first ping-pong ball was even pulled, there was a 30.5% chance the Lakers would fall to seventh, and it happened. It could have been worse, perhaps. There was a 4% chance they could have fallen to eighth and a 0.1% chance of falling to ninth.
The Lakers can forget about taking anyone from the consensus top three at the June 26 draft: Joel Embiid and
More likely, they will be studying Kentucky forward Julius Randle, Indiana forward Noah Vonleh, Oklahoma State guard
Australian point guard Dante Exum, who shares the same agent as Bryant, is expected to be gone before the Lakers select at the seventh spot.