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NBA Draft Combine rumor: Prospects avoiding Celtics because they are too good?

16 May 2017

Most mock drafts have Washington point guard Markelle Fultz going with the first overall pick.

"I think Malcolm did a good job of exemplifying what it means to be a mature, ready product", said Williams-Goss. If the former happens, perhaps the Lakers can include one of the cumbersome contracts of veterans Luol Deng (three years, $54 million) or Timofey Mozgov (three years, $48 million).

"Out expectation is that we just hope we stay where we're at instead of moving back a couple spots or something like that", Taylor said. "I told Magic after we bumped into each other and had a little exchange: "Not too many kids can come into this game and win a championship" like he did back in 1980". You want to know.

A number of people around the Timberwolves organization have asked owner Glen Taylor why he isn't making the trip to NY for Tuesday's National Basketball Association draft lottery. They started 0-18, finishing a 28-game skid dating to 2014-15, en route to a 10-72 record that was just a game better than the all-time worst in an 82-game season.

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The lottery began in 1985, but in 1990 it changed from a straight draw to one that more heavily favored the teams with the worst records. That pick comes from the Brooklyn Nets, who finished the season 20-62.

Because of a prior trade, if the Lakers do not win a top-three pick - a 53.08 percent chance - the Magic will receive the Lakers' unprotected first-round pick in 2019. The odds of receiving the first pick -11.9 percent, second - 12.6 percent, third - 13.3 percent, fourth - 9.9 percent, fifth 35 percent, sixth - 16.1 percent and finally, seventh 1.3 percent.

On top of that, the Mavericks are drafting for both best available and position need right now.

Nobody moved up in the lottery, which sets the top three picks.

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The Sixers have their own selection, with a 100 percent of receiving a top seven selection in the NBA Draft Lottery. That's the point in the draft where many role players are drafted, and hidden gems can be found. It is top-3 protected, so the Pelicans would keep the selection if they draw that high.

The Lakers originally dealt their 2018 first-round pick to Phoenix in 2012 in the trade for Steve Nash, and the 76ers acquired it from there.

The other players projected to go in the top 10, according to nbadraft.net., are Kansas forward Josh Jackson, UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball, Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox, Duke forward Jayson Tatum, Florida State forward Jonathan Isaac, Kentucky shooting guard Malik Monk, North Carolina State point guard Dennis Smith Jr., French point guard Frank Ntilikina, and Gonzaga center Zach Collins.

With that in mind, here are a few prospects who could be legitimate options for the Lakers at No. 28 overall.

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Having tried Russell off the ball some last season, the Lakers feel confident they could play him alongside a dynamic rookie point guard.

NBA Draft Combine rumor: Prospects avoiding Celtics because they are too good?