Surprisingly enough, the Los Angeles Lakers had a lot riding on their game against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. With a loss, the team just about locked up landing a sixth pick or higher in this year’s NBA Draft. With a win, the team basically only moved themselves further back in the draft order. The result, though, was a 107-102 loss to Sacramento in a game which came down to the wire.
Being a Lakers fan this season has been a strenuous task. Of course, fans have an overwhelming desire for their team to win, but at the same time, eliminated from playoff contention, fans want the team to lose in order to acquire some young talent in the draft. Well, unfortunately losing is in the franchise’s best interest at the moment, so this loss is in a weird way a huge positive.
The 2014 NBA Draft is loaded with tons of talent. Nothing is guaranteed, but it appears to contain several potential franchise altering players who are much needed for the multitude of teams having no real direction. Having a pick in the lottery is almost a foreign idea when pertaining to the Lakers — really not a shocking fact as the team has been a historically winning franchise. However, with the Kobe Bryant era coming to an end sooner rather than later, a new star must be born in Los Angeles. The sixth pick in the draft opens up an opportunity of acquiring any of the following highly coveted prospects, including: Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, Dante Exum, Julius Randle and Noah Vonleh.
Each of the above listed prospects are intriguing in their own way. Some have potential to become elite scorers in the league, while others seem to be more defensive-minded individuals. Either way, the Lakers could certainly use the help. Let’s not forget finishing with the sixth worst record also means Los Angeles would have 21.5 percent chance at landing a pick between the first selection through the third selection. 21.5 percent may not seem like much, but dropping to the seventh worst record would mean only having a 15 percent chance at landing one of those top three picks. Hey, anything is possible, and with a small amount of Laker luck, we can be looking at Los Angeles having sole possession of the first pick in this year’s draft.