Tuesday night's National Basketball Association draft lottery is the most consequential in history

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Magic Johnson is now charged with turning around his beloved franchise, with making sure that the Lakers' status lately as a fixture in the National Basketball Association draft lottery ends. But the most likely scenario is that the Heat's logo will be in the first envelope that is opened and they will end up with the 14th pick.

"I'd take the No. 1 overall pick", said Bertrand. In most years this night is fairly uneventful, especially one year ago when the lottery went chalk for the first time in history. Whatever comes, if we're rebuilding, then I'm the face of that.

But the good news is that you won't have to wait long to know the Heat's lottery fate.

The NBA now gives big incentives for superstars to stay with the team that drafted them, so finding the next great Laker in the draft is just about a must, and those players are typically found near the top of the draft. They started 0-18, finishing a 28-game skid dating to 2014-15, en route to a 10-72 record that was just a game better than the all-time worst in an 82-game season.

Of course, there's more in play for the Sixers than just their lottery results. But with the NBA Draft fast approaching in June, the future Hall of Famer says he's ready to lend his expertise to the Mavs' front office off the court.

But if the Lakers fall out of the top three - there's roughly a 53 percent chance they will - they will lose their pick to Philadelphia. "Plus, assuming they remain at ninth, whatever player they might be able to acquire for that pick isn't going to put them over the top this coming season - unless you're talking about getting over the top of.500", he continued. Of those, Philadelphia and Orlando have the best odds of sneaking into the top three.

Pelinka argued the Lakers are "already in a position of strength" after the Houston Rockets sent them a late first-round pick (28th) and swingman Corey Brewer for veteran guard Lou Williams before the February trade deadline.

The Lakers have a 46.92% chance of keeping their lottery pick for next month's draft. If the Lakers' pick doesn't convey this year, it becomes unprotected in 2018.

Finally, if the Mavs won the draft lottery, it would mean fans should approach the next few years with cautious optimism. For most of the past two seasons, Russell has been the Lakers' point guard. It is top-3 protected, so the Pelicans would keep the selection if they draw that high. The Lakers originally dealt it to Phoenix in 2012 in the trade for Steve Nash, and the 76ers later acquired it from the Suns.

The other players projected to go in the top 10, according to nbadraft.net., are Kansas forward Josh Jackson, UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball, Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox, Duke forward Jayson Tatum, Florida State forward Jonathan Isaac, Kentucky shooting guard Malik Monk, North Carolina State point guard Dennis Smith Jr., French point guard Frank Ntilikina, and Gonzaga center Zach Collins.