2015 NBA Draft Prospects Los Angeles Lakers Should Already Be Considering

The only drama remaining in the 2014-15 season for the Los Angeles Lakers is to find out whether L.A. will indeed be picking in the top five of June's draft. Retaining the selection is crucial to the Lakers' efforts to rebuild the most successful basketball operation the NBA has ever known. 

Currently, L.A. owns the league's fourth-worst record. The Lakers could still slip behind the Minnesota Timberwolves or (gulp) move past the Orlando Magic in the standings, but the likeliest scenario has them finishing in this slot.

The Lakers would have roughly an 83 percent chance of landing in the top five with the fourth-worst mark. They would have about a 38 percent probability of crashing the top three and a 12 percent shot of snaring the No. 1 overall selection.

With those odds in mind, it's a safe assumption the Lakers will get a coveted top-five draft choice. Let's run with that and take a look at NBA draft prospects L.A. should consider in that spot.

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