I’m a big fan of the Losers, the Loser, and I love the Lakers.
But it’s time for me to get my hands on one of the first winners of the lottery, the new Laker.
I’ll be giving this one a “B” on Monday, but I’m going to be picking this one at a later date.
Let’s start with the first round, because I’m sure the first one you see on TV will look a lot different from what you’re used to.
The Losers have been ranked number one in the NBA for the last five years, and they have been in the top 10 for more than half of those years.
Last year, the Clippers were in the first place for the first time since the 2008-09 season.
They were at No. 1 for three straight years before they slipped to No. 5.
The Clippers were a top-five team in both total wins and wins above replacement.
Last season, they were a plus-10.
The NBA is in the midst of a rebuilding phase, but the Clippers should be one of its most consistent winners.
The biggest question surrounding this year’s draft class is whether they can maintain the success of the past five years.
The 2017 NBA draft class had its biggest talent surge since the 2007-08 season.
Most of the top-10 picks have already played in the league, and most of the next top 10 picks will likely be rookies.
The best way to gauge how good the 2017 class was is to look at the league average value of the draft picks, which was 5.8 wins above the league-average.
The Laker’s lottery pick is going to look very similar to the Laker the Clippers have had since 2010, when they were at the top of the league in total wins.
The average Laker drafted last year was a +11.4, which is the fourth-best average among all NBA teams.
The Lakers have not been at the bottom of the NBA in any statistical category since 2011, when the Lakers won a championship.
So, let’s start at the beginning.
Laker picks: 1.
Jahlil Okafor, guard, Duke – 7.5 The first pick of the Lakers lottery is a big step for the team.
Okafort has been a revelation as a rookie, averaging 15.5 points and 6.0 assists per game over his first three seasons.
The question with Oka for the Clippers is whether he can develop into the player that the Lakers need.
His best position is shooting guard, but he’s also shown enough offensive versatility to play either forward spot, which should help his stock even further.
He’s the No. 4 pick in the 2018 NBA draft, which could make him the second player drafted in the draft since 2019.
The team could also take a flier on a young wing with his length, which the Clippers can help him with if they’re willing to part with the pick.
Jalen Brunson, guard/forward, Ohio State – 6.5 Brunson had a breakout season for the Buckeyes.
He averaged 17.3 points and 11.7 rebounds per game as a sophomore, but his shooting wasn’t as good as the rest of the team, and he also shot worse than 39 percent from the field in college.
The addition of Oka is a major boost for Brunson’s draft stock.
He should be able to develop into an elite shooter and an excellent defender, and his size should help him contribute immediately.
Marcus Paige, forward, Georgia Tech – 5.5 Paige has been playing for Georgia Tech this season after being drafted by the Kings in the 2017 NBA Draft.
He showed signs of growing as a freshman last season, averaging 17.5 minutes and 3.5 assists per contest.
Paige has a ton of upside as a scoring wing, and the Kings are likely to take a chance on him.
Nick Young, forward/center, Arizona State – 4.5 Young had a big impact on Arizona State’s 2017-18 campaign, averaging 19.5 and 8.3 minutes per game in his first two seasons.
He was a major reason why the Sun Devils finished in the NCAA tournament each year from 2012-15.
Arizona State should be looking to get some much-needed help from its young forward.
5, Laker pick: 3.
Lonzo Ball, forward UCLA – 5 Ball is one of a number of stars that the L.A. Lakers have landed in the next round.
He has been considered a top 10 pick for quite some time, and while he hasn’t been as flashy as some of the other big-name prospects in the lottery this year, Ball is a scorer that can stretch the floor with the ability to hit 3s.
He is a good shooter, but also a