The 2021-22 season ended last week with the Warriors title, but the NBA is not over. This Thursday, the league draft will take place, and we’ve put together a summary of what you can expect from the current version, where to look and what the Lakers ’intentions are this year.
Date and place
The draft will take place on June 23 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The event will start at 18:30 (Brasília hours).
where to look
Just like last year, the NBA draft will be announced on ESPN.
1. Orlando Magic
2. Oklahoma City Thunder
3. Houston Rockets
4. Sacramento Kings
5. Detroit Pistons
6. Indiana Pacers
7. Portland Trail Blazers
8. New Orleans Pelicans (for the Lakers)
9. San Antonio Spurs
10. Washington Wizards
11. New York Knicks
12. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Clippers)
13. Charlotte Hornets
14. Cleveland Cavaliers
15. Charlotte Hornets (of the Pelicans)
16. Atlanta Hawks
17. Houston Rockets (from the Nets)
18. Chicago Bulls
19. Minnesota Timberwolves
20. San Antonio Spurs (for Raptors)
21. Denver Nuggets
22. Memphis Grizzlies (from Jazz)
23. Philadelphia 76ers
24. Milwaukee Bucks
25. San Antonio Spurs (of the Celtics)
26. Houston Rockets (of the Mavericks)
27. Miami Heat
28. Golden State Warriors
29. Memphis Grizzlies
30. Denver Nuggets (from Thunder)
What the Lakers Are Planning for the NBA Draft
With a small youth squad and no nominees, the Lakers will try to negotiate a second round qualifier.
The whole question is who will be willing to give up such an option and at what price.
As previously reported, the two teams could partner with the Lakers in this negotiation.
Via Lakers Daily:
“Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report has analyzed the rumors in the league and identified some teams that may be willing to do business.
“The Lakers are well-known for their second-round qualifiers. The Hawks (# 44) and the Pistons (# 46) have options that are considered available, sources said.”
If the Lakers complete the deal with Detroit for the 46th option, they will end up getting the nominee in the position they were successful in.
Three years ago, the board exchanged rights for the 46th round in the draft that year, and ended up bringing the young Talen Horton-Tucker to Los Angeles.
In 2014, the Lakers received 46th choice from the Washington Wizards, which they used to select Jordan Clarkson. Clarkson became a prominent Lakers player as a first-team player, so he was named in the NBA All-Rookie First Team and ended up winning the sixth best player award last season.
We’ll see what Rob Pelinka and the company can do while the 23rd goes on.