Lakers Readying for the Lottery

2013 NBA Draft LotteryAs Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak detailed on Lakers.com, there’s a big circle over “May 20″ on the team’s calendar.

That’s when the Lakers find out what slot they’ll draft in come June 26.

L.A.’s percentages as the team with the sixth-best odds are:

- 21.5 percent to move into the top three
- 43.9 to stay in the six slot
- 30.5 to pick seventh
- 4.0 to drop to eighth, and 0.1 to fall to ninth

As such, it’s most likely they’ll stay at six or seven, and extremely unlikely they’d drop to eight or nine, thus assuring the franchise’s highest pick since James Worthy in 1982.

Speaking of Big Game James … he’ll be the one representing the team at the draft lottery.

Now, the lottery didn’t actually begin until 1985, and since then, the always-in-the-playoffs Lakers have seen lottery balls only twice:

Lakers All-Time Lottery Picks (since 1985)
Year – Pick – Player, Prior to NBA
2005 – 10 – Andrew Bynum, St. Joseph High School (NJ)
1994 – 10 – Eddie Jones, Temple University

In fact, the Lakers have had only 13 top 10 picks in franchise history since the move to L.A. in 1960, as well as two territorial picks:

Lakers All-Time Top-10 Picks (Los Angeles Era; since 1960)
Year – Pick – Player, Prior to NBA
2005 – 10 – Andrew Bynum, St. Joseph High School (NJ)
1994 – 10 – Eddie Jones, Temple University
1982 – 1 – James Worthy, University of North Carolina
1979 – 1 – Magic Johnson, Michigan State University
1977 – 6 – Kenny Carr, North Carolina State University
1975 – 2 – Dave Meyers, UCLA
1975 – 8 – Junior Bridgeman, University of Louisville
1973 – 5 – Kermit Washington, American University
1966 – 7 – Jerry Chambers, University of Utah
1963 – 7 – Roger Strickland, Jacksonville University
1962 – 6 – Leroy Ellis, St. John’s University
1961 – 5 – Wayne Yates, University of Memphis
1960 – 2 – Jerry West, West Virginia University

Lakers All-Time Territorial Picks (Los Angeles Era; since 1960)
Year Pick Player Prior to NBA
1965 T Gail Goodrich UCLA
1964 T Walt Hazzard UCLA

We’ll find out who’s next soon enough.