Live: Simmons’ NBA future revealed

VideoImageBasketball: Ben Simmons has announced he’ll enter this year’s NBA draft.

Ben Simmons is the prize on offer for many teams today.Foremost among them is Australian star Ben Simmons, who could very well find out where his NBA career will begin given he’s tipped by most analysts to go No. 1 in June’s draft.The lottery is scheduled to begin at 10am (AEST). These are the main storylines.1. THE LAKERS WILL BE SWEATING BULLETSIf just one team should vault from lesser odds into the top three of the draft, those who rock the purple and gold are going to panic. Los Angeles owes its first overall pick to the Sixers if it falls outside the top three. Otherwise, the Lakers get to keep it.Coming off the worst two seasons in franchise history, the thought of losing a first-rounder and having to face another down season is overwhelming. The Lakers need this pick, or so the thinking goes, to start rebuilding under coach Luke Walton.That’s probably true, but keep one thing in mind, Lakers faithful: this is supposedly a weak draft. One or two of the best players will emerge into All-Stars and maybe even Hall of Famers, but there are also going to be pretty significant flops.Next year’s class is looking pretty solid, and if L.A. doesn’t send the pick to the Sixers this year, they get to go through this all over again next year, when the selection is once again top-three protected.Maybe, then, losing the pick on Tuesday wouldn’t be the end of the world. As long as patience doesn’t run out, there’s always next year. Right, Lakers? … right?Will Ben Simmons remain in purple and gold?Source:AFP2. WILL THE BASKETBALL GODS BLESS OR CURSE THE 76ERS?Depending on the way the lottery plays out, Philadelphia could have as many as four first-round picks in June. They’re already locked into the 24th and 26th picks, courtesy of trades with the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder.The league-worst Sixers then have their own 25 per cent chance at the first overall pick. Should they luck into No. 1, the rush to either credit deposed former GM Sam Hinkie or say that this is karmic retribution for replacing Hinkie with a “real basketball person” in Jerry Colangelo will be overwhelming.And, of course, there’s a chance that Philly adds the fourth overall pick to its stable of assets, because of their aforementioned deal with the Lakers.3. THE CELTICS’ GAIN IS BROOKLYN’S PAINIt’s bad enough that no one pays any attention to the Nets — including their hometown Brooklyn crowd. When the draft rolls around in June, Nets fans will have to watch as Boston enjoys the fruit of Brooklyn’s awful season.Thanks to the Kevin Garnett-Paul Pierce trade, the Celtics own this year’s Nets pick, plus the right to swap picks with Brooklyn next year, plus the Nets’ 2018 first-rounder.Once the Celtics know where the 2016 pick falls (and they have a 15.6 per cent chance at No. 1), general manager Danny Ainge will have a better idea of whether he wants to package that selection with some of Boston’s players in pursuit of a veteran.Or the Celtics can hold onto the pick, draft a potential star, and continue to build slowly while focusing on free agency this summer. Or they might do some combination of the two. Thanks largely to the Nets, the Celtics have options.Duke’s Brandon Ingram is competing with Simmons for pick No. 1.Source:AFP4. IS THERE ANY HELP OUT THERE FOR ANTHONY DAVIS?Before the 2015-16 season started, the New Orleans Pelicans big man was a popular pick to be in the top five of MVP voting. Instead, the Pelicans’ season fell apart thanks to injury after injury after injury.The upside for New Orleans is the sixth best chance at the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft. Even if the Pelicans merely hold onto the sixth pick, their mostly likely outcome from today, they should be able to add some solid help on the wings or in the back-court. If the Pelicans can find the right player, all of the pain of this year will have been worth it.5. BEWARE THE UTAH JAZZ MAYBECould Utah go the route of the 2008 Chicago Bulls and get super-lucky? Chicago had just a 1.5 per cent chance of claiming the No. 1 pick that year, yet they ended up with Derrick Rose.The addition of the one-time MVP was enough to launch the Bulls in…

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