As I wrote earlier, I was prepared for whatever happened at the draft lottery. If the Lakers were to lose their pick, it would be bad, but the team would retain their 2018 1st rounder, would keep their own 2nd round pick this season, and would still have Houston’s #28 pick.
Luckily, though, that scenario is not the path the team will take now. The Lakers not only retain their pick, but move up a slot, leapfrogging the Suns, to get the #2 pick overall. The basketball gods favored the Lakers today and I’m here for all of it.
We’ll have much more analysis in the coming days, but for now, I’d suggest to simply sit back celebrate this result. The Lakers not only overcame a 53% chance to lose their pick, but actually moved up to #2 overall too. It’s a wonderfully lucky turn of events for an organization which sorely needed it.