The NBA Draft Lottery was as tense a situation as it gets for the Los Angeles Lakers. Magic Johnson and company came into the draft lottery on Tuesday with only a 46.9 percent chance of keeping their pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and came out victorious.
The Lakers were able to beat the odds in the lottery to not only keep their pick, which would've been sent to the Philadelphia 76ers had it dropped below No. 3, but end up moving up to the No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming draft, via Eric Avakian of Lakers Nation:
"While flashing that signature smile, Johnson and the entire Lakers fanbase were able to finally exhale, clinching the No. 2 spot in the upcoming 2017 NBA Draft. Los Angeles was able to avoid their top-three fallout with the Philadelphia 76ers and now have another top prospect set to join the organization."
It will be the third straight year the Lakers will be selecting a player in the second spot in the draft. Los Angeles picked D'Angelo Russell out of Ohio State in 2015 and Duke's Brandon Ingram last year.
With the Lakers now officially owning the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the plot thickens about the front office's real intentions with the draft choice. There's been a lot of speculation about UCLA's Lonzo Ball being the perfect player for the Lakers with mutual interest from both sides, but there has also been a lot of rumors floating around about the potential acquisition of All-Star forward Paul George of the Indiana Pacers.
Needless to say, regardless of the intentions of the Lakers brass, the team has plenty options to explore with the potential to be a much-improved team next season and for the foreseeable future.
Along with the No. 2 overall selection in the NBA Draft on June 22, the team also owns the 28th pick in the first round while sacrificing the 33rd pick to the Orlando Magic as a result of the Dwight Howard trade of 2012.