The Los Angeles Lakers lost their 43rd game of the season Wednesday night, and the team appears well on track to finish with one of the worst records in the NBA. While that may not be very much fun in the moment, the upside is that the Lakers may get to keep their first round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, which is conveyed to the Philadelphia 76ers if it falls outside of the top three selections.
If the season ended today, the Lakers would have a 19.9% chance at the first overall pick in the draft, in which the consensus top pick is widely considered to be LSU point-forward Ben Simmons. The likely one-and-done freshman phenom is currently averaging 19.4 points, 12.3 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block, 1.9 steals, and 56.7% shooting from the field during his NCAA debut. According to Nick Angstadt, maker of the famous "Byron Scott Hotline Bling" parody, Simmons ending up in Los Angeles is predetermined (basically), so he he wrote a song about it.
Only 27 more games before the lottery and draft. Hang in there, Lakers fans.