Lakers workout potential draft picks

In this video, Montezz Allen talks about the Lakers working out potential draft picks for the first time in a decade.


Top three players Lakers should draft at No. 7

By Montezz Allen

The Los Angeles Lakers saw their fate come to pass after receiving the seventh pick in this year’s 2014 NBA Draft lottery. The Lakers hoped they’d luck up and capture one of the top three picks, but then again, that’s why it’s called a “draft lottery.”

Realistically, the top four picks of Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid and Dante Exum will be off the board by the time the Lakers’ pick rolls around.

That’s clear.

But the good thing is that this year’s draft is one of the deepest we’ve seen in years. That means the Lakers will evaluate multiple players before the draft on June 26.

With only three players under contract (Robert Sacre, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash), whoever the front office decides to select at No. 7 will likely be plugged into the starting lineup right away. The seventh pick may not give them one of the  top three elite talents in the draft, but it’s a chance the squad can land a future All-Star.

That said, there are three players Los Angeles should take at No. 7 if they decide not to trade it for a veteran piece …

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Lakers unlucky in draft lottery, lands No. 7 pick

By Montezz Allen

Lakers legend James Worthy represented the squad at the NBA Draft lottery (Getty Images)

Lakers legend James Worthy representing the squad at the NBA Draft lottery (Getty Images)

After finishing the 2013-14 NBA season with the sixth-worst record in the league and the most losses in franchise history (55), the Los Angeles Lakers  earned a spot in the NBA Draft lottery for the first time since 2005 when they selected former center Andrew Bynum with the 10th overall pick.

Coming into the lottery, the Lakers had a 21.5 percent overall chance of grabbing picks 1-3.

To break it down even further, the Lakers had a 6.3 percent chance at the No. 1 pick, a 7.1 percent chance of moving up to the second spot and a 8.1 percent chance of getting the No. 3 pick.

James Worthy even brought his lucky charms — bobbleheads of  Chick Hearn, Dr. Jerry Buss and Bill Sharman.

But even they couldn’t work their magic.

The Lakers slipped to the No. 7 pick, instantly losing out on prospects like Joel Embiid (Kansas), Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) and Jabari Parker (Duke), who all could possibly make an immediate impact.

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