Has the NBA Draft Lottery Screwed the Phoenix Suns

Doug Mendoza
May 20, 2017

Still, what happens at 8:30 p.m.

Along with being as confident as ever that the Lakers will draft Lonzo next month, LaVar added there's only one team the former UCLA star is working out for.

The Lakers' fate now means Rob Pelinka and Co. can execute Plan A and that's where the hard work begins.

The Suns' bad luck, combined with the repeated good luck of more nationally-prominent teams, has led some fans, including those in Phoenix, to believe the NBA Draft Lottery system is rigged.

When you have a team climb into the top three, there's always a team that gets bumped out of the top three.

Another potential story is vindication for "The Process" in Philadelphia.

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Looking at how the Cleveland Cavaliers just sliced their way through their first two rounds of the playoffs like a hot knife to a stick of butter, it stands to reason that few give the Boston Celtics much of a chance to compete let alone knock off the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Boston Celtics get to pick first in the NBA Draft this year. But this is a draft loaded with talent, so Philly should come out well either way. They had about a 53 percent chance of falling out of the top three, which would have triggered a trade of the pick as remaining payment of their acquisition of Steve Nash in 2012. One spot surely won't make a difference, especially for the targets they reportedly want.

The Philadelphia Sixers have had a pick in the top-three for four consecutive years. Stay tuned for more on the National Basketball Association as the draft and free agency draws closer! "It's pretty awesome", said Wyc Grousbeck, a Celtics owner who represented them on stage. "There really was no way to walk out of here disappointed given the possible outcomes we faced".

The situation: It wasn't good, which you could say about all of the "90s for this franchise".

According to Shelburne, the Lakers are said to be considering several players with their second and 28th picks. They could also wind up picking seventh (and that's it). NY is a little bigger than Minnesota, so that gives me hope that, at the very least, the later selections are not as rigged as the top three to five. The remainder of the 14 teams are slotted in the inverse order of their won-loss record.

You may remember back in 2013 when the Celtics sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry to the Nets in exchange for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, and their future: the Nets first-round picks in 2014, 2016, 2018, and the right to swap picks in 2017.

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