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The Lakers' Odds at the 2017 Lottery

by Joey Ramirez
Digital Reporter

The Lakers will have a 46.9 percent shot at keeping their top draft pick this year, as their fate will be decided in a week at the NBA Draft Lottery on May 16.

Los Angeles has a 15.6 percent chance of winning the lottery and receiving the first-overall pick. It has similar odds of selecting second (15.7) and third (15.6).

However, there is also a 53.1 percent chance of the pick falling between the fourth and sixth spots. If this happens, it will instead be conveyed to Philadelphia (via Phoenix) as a result of the 2012 trade for Steve Nash.

Lately, fortune has favored the Lakers, who drafted second overall in back-to-back years, netting D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram with those picks.

The Lakers — whose odds were set after finishing the season with the league’s third-worst record (26-56) — will be represented on stage at the lottery by President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson.

Meanwhile, General Manager Rob Pelinka will be backstage as a drawing of ping-pong balls determines the order of the draft.

The 2017 NBA Draft will be held about five weeks later on June 22 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Regardless of how the lottery shapes up, the Lakers will also have the 28th-overall pick thanks to a midseason trade with Houston.

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