Now that the NBA Lottery is over, the draft order in one of the most anticipated drafts in years is finally set. After all of the talk about tanking, rebuilding and team maneuvering to dump certain players (including a few trades that helped the Philadelphia 76ers lose 26 straight games), the focus can finally shift to the likes of former Kansas Jayhawks’ forward Andrew Wiggins, his teammate, center Joel Embiid, former Duke Blue Devils’ forward Jabari Parker, former Australian point guard Dante Exum, former Kentucky Wildcats’ power forward Julius Randle and former Oklahoma State Cowboys’ point guard Marcus Smart, among many others, as it should.
Over the last few years, there have been teams that have had their luck drastically changed because of the lottery.
In just a few years, the Cleveland Cavaliers with LeBron James and the Orlando Magic with Dwight Howard, both No. 1 overall picks, reached the NBA Finals.
Other times, the lottery can set you up to make a big move (The Boston Celtics acquired both Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett in 2007 won won the NBA Title in 2008) and teams will be looking to get into position to acquire Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love this offseason.
However, trades won’t be considered in the first post-lottery mock draft.