The NBA playoffs are in full swing, but for fans of franchises that didn't make the playoffs, Tuesday's NBA Draft lottery will be the must-watch event of the month.
The Boston Celtics have a 25 percent chance to land the top pick in the 2017 NBA Draft (via Brooklyn), followed by the Suns (19.9%), Lakers (15.6%), 76ers (11.9%) and Magic (8.8%).
The lottery will be especially stressful for Lakers fans because if Los Angeles falls outside the top three, the Lakers will lose their pick to the Sixers.
According to Colin Cowherd, winning the lottery could also potentially put the team in a bind if executives have already fallen in love with UCLA's Lonzo Ball.
“Tomorrow is the ping-pong lottery that will change multiple franchises.
"Tomorrow, I think the Lakers could be making a mistake.
"The Lakers still have a chance - not a great one, 16 to 17 percent - to get the No. 1 pick. I think they see Lonzo Ball as [the guy]. ‘Oh, he’s just going to move the meter, he’s going to change everything.’
"You can be a star on television, it doesn’t make you a movie star. And you can be a star in college, it doesn’t make you an NBA star.”
Justin FordJustin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
“If the Lakers have the third pick… even the second, I get taking Lonzo Ball.
"What if the Lakers win the lottery?
"Lonzo Ball is thought of as the third- or fourth-best player, best prospect [in the draft]. And by the way, one of the guys he’s considered better than or close to is De’Aaron Fox, who played against him and dropped 39 on him and humiliated Lonzo Ball.”
Kelley L CoxKelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Markelle Fultz is the clear choice at No. 1, regardless of your team's needs
“So if the Lakers end up third - if they finish fourth they don’t get their pick - you can take Lonzo Ball. But ask yourself this: What if the Lakers win the lottery? Do you take Lonzo Ball?
"It’s understood that Markelle Fultz is the best player, and he’s who you take No. 1. And that’s who everybody’s taking No. 1. Even if you’ve already got a shooting guard, you’re taking him No. 1. Forget labels. He’s the best player. I think it’s a very interesting situation.”
Ron ChenoyRon Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Are the Lakers willing to move on from D'Angelo Russell so quickly?
“I’m reading reporter Ramona Shelburne, connected very well to the Lakers ownership. She said ‘It’s the perfect setup. The Lakers are the salvation for Lonzo, and he’s the salvation for the Lakers.’
"LaVar, his dad, says he’s going to be a Laker.
"First of all, it’s a very deep draft, and there is disagreement on players two through six. Nobody’s got Lonzo No. 1. Nobody. And the Lakers have a point guard [in] D’Angelo Russell. He ain’t great.”
Kelley L CoxKelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Landing the third pick may be the best possible outcome for Los Angeles
“I think the Lakers are in a very, very interesting spot tomorrow. If you’re going to build your franchise around a guy that played one year and has got a lot of flaws - we don’t know how he’s going to shoot in the NBA, we don’t know if he has the body type to be a great defender in the NBA. We know he got worked by a guy considered to be his college equal, De’Aaron Fox at Kentucky.
"Sometimes a loss is a win. The Lakers, to me, would be much better served getting the third pick. Because if Magic Johnson’s sitting there - and Magic likes talent - and Magic has the No. 1 pick, Magic’s not going to bend to the pressure of the L.A. media and fans. Do you take Lonzo Ball with the No. 1 pick when you know he is not as sure a thing as the kid that played up in Seattle? Do you do that? I don’t think you do.”
Markelle Fultz isn't the type of player the Lakers need
“I would take Ball in a heartbeat. Look, I think Markelle Fultz - and most executives I’ve talked to like Fultz better - but I see him going into the league, a few years from now he’ll be 25 points, seven assists a game… but not making his teammates better.
"I can see him being like a Damian Lillard. And I like Lillard, but they haven’t gone deep in the playoffs. I could see Fultz being that type of player.
"I see Lonzo Ball [as] a Jason Kidd-type guy who makes everybody better, and to me, that’s exactly what the Lakers need.”