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Patience from the Lakers? I can't believe it:

 

 

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The NBA Combine is about to be better than the NFL Combine since dudes don't just run skills, they play 5 on 5 and try to school their fellow draftees.

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Draft Lottery tonight.

 

It's pretty rare that the event occurs with such high stakes for a team still playing.  Man, did Boston fleece the Nets...

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Boston ends up just fine no matter what.

 

If the Lakers lose their pick their goose sure is cooked. Who knows how good Fultz or Ball will be compared to Ingram or Russell, but that's going to be a question people ask if LA is outside of the top 3.

 

Tonight is also kind of the end of The Process, right? There are no remaining fruits in the Heinkie tree?

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Vogel, Joerger, and Gentry are battling to win the "most disinterested team representative at the lottery".

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4 minutes ago, Rockstar Matt said:

I haven't been this nervous since Game 7 of the 2010 Finals. 

 

And the Lakers keep their pick (or better!). Take a deep breath. ?

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This means Lonzo, and his terrible father, is going to be a Laker, no?

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I see the NBA wasn't going to let the Lakers be turbo :censored: ed by past poor decisions.

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4 minutes ago, rams80 said:

I see the NBA wasn't going to let the Lakers be turbo :censored: ed by past poor decisions.

 

Including David Stern's? Maybe they just called it even.

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Phoenix is NBA cursed. Lose the coin flip for Alcindor, never won the lottery, and used their only #2 overalls for Neal Walk and Armon Gilliam.

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3 hours ago, DG_Now said:

Boston ends up just fine no matter what.

 

If the Lakers lose their pick their goose sure is cooked. Who knows how good Fultz or Ball will be compared to Ingram or Russell, but that's going to be a question people ask if LA is outside of the top 3.

 

Tonight is also kind of the end of The Process, right? There are no remaining fruits in the Heinkie tree?

 

I just read that they get the Lakers pick unprotected next year, and (I think) the Kings unprotected the following year.  If The Process and Ben Simmons are healthy, the Sixers could potentially be in a situation where they're not terrible and get great picks on top of it. 

 

They might also have 35 2nd-round picks, but I'm not sure anyone cares.

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If I'm Boston.... I'm trading down here or trying to trade the pick for a stud player to help out the core in place. They don't need a PG and you obviously go with BPA with the #1 pick. What they lack is a PF/C that can rebound and play good interior defense..... or maybe they go with one of Jackson/Taytum? 

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If I were Boston I'd rather have Jimmy Butler than Markelle Fultz. 

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18 minutes ago, KittSmith_95 said:

If I'm Boston.... I'm trading down here or trying to trade the pick for a stud player to help out the core in place. They don't need a PG and you obviously go with BPA with the #1 pick. What they lack is a PF/C that can rebound and play good interior defense..... or maybe they go with one of Jackson/Taytum? 

Jackson is a redundant prospect with Jaylen Brown being a very similar player, and I think Taytum is gonna be another Rudy Gay.  If the Celtics are gonna try to be cute and not draft the #1 guy in Fultz I'd rather they just find a way to package the pick for Butler or George.

I wouldn't be terribly worried about finding rebounding help in this draft; bigs don't seem to be the strength of this year, but next year looks to be pretty stacked with guys who can grab rebounds and protect the paint.

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