The Heat's on-stage representative is former Heat center and current team executive Alonzo Mourning, who also represented the team in 2015, when the Heat held seed and emerged with the No. 10 selection, utilized the following month on Duke forward Justise Winslow.
As originally suggested by FanSided's Valley of the Suns, Phoenix has been looking to acquire Jahlil Okafor since past year, and it may be time to pull the trigger now. They have to. Finding out they don't have such a fallback plan would be exponentially more concerning than losing the pick itself (and the 2019 first-rounder) on Tuesday night.
The best-case scenario for the Sixers is to leave the NBA Draft Lottery with the first and fourth overall selections in the draft.
Some other players to watch in the middle of the first round include power forwards' Ivan Rabb (California) and John Collins (Wake Forest).
Big man Jahlil Okafor would provide the Phoenix Suns with a great low-post scorer to complement Devin Booker. Even if the Heat remain in the 14th position, they should be able to find a good piece in the draft.
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If that happens, the Bulls wont have a shot at drafting one of the point guards unless they trade up. It's no secret Philadelphia would like to deal him and that Okafor isn't happy there, so it makes sense that he and the team parting ways would be a good idea for everyone involved. The Lakers fired Black in February when they demoted Buss and fired Kupchak.
"Out expectation is that we just hope we stay where we're at instead of moving back a couple spots or something like that", Taylor said. Okafor would also complement scoring sensation Devin Booker quite nicely as part of the roster. However, folks seem to be overlooking the fact that the Lakers also own a late first-round pick as well.
Brandon Knight would give the Sixers an experienced point guard with scoring abilities. If that occurs, there's a possibility the Wolves could trade the pick and move down. The draft lottery is arriving and with it comes the moment of truth for the Lakers' draft pick status for the next three years. What you'll also see is the win share total and relevant awards, as well as the single draft in which the most players were selected and the most productive National Basketball Association player.
The Sixers have the potential of landing two of the top four picks if all goes right.
The 2017 NBA Draft Lottery could provide the decisive jolt the Magic need to get their cellar-dwelling team on track.
Philadelphia certainly won't complain, not after doing no better than No. 3 in the previous two drafts during a three-year process where the focus was more on building for the future than trying to win in the present.