By Rich Winter
If the Lakers move up in the draft lottery this year, I'm never going to watch the ping-pong balls get pulled again.
No offense Laker fans but about six months ago when the Lakers were struggling, I said, "Watch the Lakers get the No. 1 pick."
Let's face it, the NBA is better when the Lakers are relevant.
There has already been a lot of banter about the summer free agents and where they will land. Carmelo Anthony to? Kevin Love to? LeBron James to?
Clearly there will be a lot of people paying attention to those little ping-pong balls tonight.
Here is the current and projected draft order if nothing changes with that order.
1. Milwaukee - Andrew Wiggins and that sick vertical jump would look good just about anywhere.
10. New Orleans
12. New York
That's the projected order, but of course something screwy is going to happen with those ping pong balls.
Projected players off the board.
1. Andrew Wiggins
2. Joel Embiid
3. Jabari Parker
4. Julius Randle - Utah Jazz...hmmm?
5. Noah Vonleh
6. Dante Exum - Good luck Lakers
7. Tyler Ennis
8. Marcus Smart
9. Aaron Gordan
10. Nik Stauskas
11. Gary Harris
12. Doug McDermott
13. Rodney Hood
14. James Young