The NBA's inevitable march toward a Warriors-Cavaliers Finals rematch has the rest of us looking forward to the draft ... which is still more than a month away.
Still, now is the time to let your optimism run wild. Anything is possible in that beautiful time before the end of your favorite team's season and when the Boston Celtics are officially on the clock June 22.
This year's selection process is far more meaningful for some teams than others, though. As we draw closer to the 2017 NBA Draft, here are five teams that need to nail their selection (or selections).
This one should be pretty easy, since the 2017 NBA Draft has a clear-cut No. 1 pick in Markelle Fultz.
The concern for the Celtics is twofold. One, they need Fultz to live up to expectations, especially if Isaiah Thomas isn't part of their long-term plan. Second, they need to understand that Isaiah Thomas is not part of their long-term plan.
As long as Boston doesn't try to get cute and take a wing to fit next to Thomas instead of a guard, the Celtics will be just fine. But if they over-think the pick, they could sow chaos within their organization and throughout the draft.
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The Sixers are on the verge of turning "The Process" into "The Fledgling Results", but they need to find a backcourt as soon as possible.
The question for Philly is whether to take a point guard to play next to forward Ben Simmons, who will have the ball in his hands quite a bit, or instead take a pure scorer like Malik Monk.
Having options isn't a bad thing, but it does put some pressure on the Sixers to make the right pick at No. 3. If they mess this one up, the whole Process might end up being a complete waste of time.
Although they had to watch the Celtics reap the fruit of their tanking labor this season, Brooklyn still owns Boston's 2017 selection as a result of that pick swap, and the Nets have the No. 22 selection, as well.
Next year, though, the Nets are without a first-round pick of any kind, so they need to make the most of both selections this year.
There is some upside for Brooklyn in this draft. Several lottery-level talents will slide down the board because of injury concerns, having skipped college to play overseas, or other off-court reasons — names such Hamidou Diallo, Harry Giles, and Bam Adebayo.
If the Nets can find two solid players for their rotation, they'll have a leg up on their long, long rebuild.
The Bucks are a popular choice to challenge the Cavaliers' supremacy in the Eastern Conference, mostly because they have the Greek Freak.
Giannis Antetokounmpo can't take down LeBron James on his own, however. He'll need help, and Milwaukee doesn't have a ton of cap space moving forward.
The Bucks have one shot to add a max player in free agency next summer after Antetokounmpo signs his first extension, and they'll need to convince said star they have the foundation in place to go toe-to-toe with Cleveland.
That means Milwaukee has to nail the 17th overall pick by finding a rim-protecting big man to hold down the fort while Thon Maker develops, or another 3-and-D wing who can do his level best to defend LeBron in the playoffs.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers could survive drafting a bust in June.
The purple and gold are likely going to acquire Paul George's services next summer, and they already have quite a few promising young players on the roster. Plus, things always seem to work out for the Lakers one way or the other.
If they take Lonzo Ball and he flops, so be it. Los Angeles will move on to the next big thing hardly worse for the wear.
But if the oldest Ball brother is the star LaVar says he is, then the Lakers are about to embark on another championship run.
In fact, having Ball show off his skill as a rookie would further entice George to leave the Pacers for the Lakers in 2018, while showing lesser free agents that Los Angeles is no longer a laughingstock of a franchise.
Ball's ascent to stardom might even enable Magic Johnson to convince the Buss family to use the stretch provision on Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng, opening up room for a second big-name player to come to Los Angeles with George next summer.
The math would be close, depending on where the salary cap ends up for 2018-19, but you can't blame a Lakers fan for dreaming big.