March 30, 2016
With the NBA regular season now in the home stretch, the Sixers’ plethora of protected draft picks are starting to come into focus. And while Brett Brown’s team will easily finish with the league’s worst record, another down-on-its-luck franchise is dealing with off-court problems concerning a high-profile rookie.
Looking at the schedule, the last seven games have a decent mix of teams that are out of the playoffs (New Orleans, Milwaukee, NY Knicks, possibly Chicago) and a Toronto team that should have nothing to play for. I think the Sixers will get at least one more win, but it’s not something that I would feel confident betting a lot of money on.
Sacramento currently has the seventh-worst record, but four teams are within two games ahead of them. If the Kings finish 7th, the pick swap would give the Sixers a 29.3 chance of landing the first overall pick in the draft.
All joking aside, bad times in L.A.: The second overall pick is reportedly being shunned by all of his teammates after filming Nick Young talking about being with a woman other than rapper Iggy Azalea, Swaggy P’s fiancée. This has been Wednesday’s topic du jour. From ESPN.com:
At a recent breakfast meeting, one source said, no Laker would sit with Russell at his table. The source added that, in another instance, Russell came into the locker room and sat next to guard Lou Williams, who got up and walked away.
"It's bad," one team source told ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne. "It's about as bad as it can get. There were trust issues already. Now there's no trust."
D'Angelo Russell just walked out of the Lakers' practice facility with some security guards— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) March 30, 2016
As far as the pick is concerned, the Lakers are going to finish with the second-worst record. This means that the Sixers will have a 44.2 percent at nabbing that pick this year, either at 4 or 5.
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