Los Angeles Lakers Strike 2015 NBA Draft Lottery Gold to Expedite Rebuild

The 2015 NBA draft lottery was largely devoid of theatrics, with one glaring purple and gold exception.

Despite entering the night with percentages pointing to a likelihood of drafting outside of the top three, the Los Angeles Lakers were the beneficiary of kind ping-pong ball bounces that resulted in a climb up the final order.

ESPN Stats & Info relayed the official outcome shortly after the lottery's completion: 

After avoiding disaster and maintaining a grip on their top-five protected selection that had a 17.2 percent chance of conveying to the Philadelphia 76ers, the Lakers actually leap-frogged them and claimed the No. 2 overall pick. 

According to Lakers.com's Mike Trudell, Los Angeles was the only team that saw its draft fortune change positively Tuesday night: 

Take it from Kobe Bryant, the Lakers' franchise-worst 61-loss season earned them the right to bask in the glow of positivity: 

With an injury-riddled and downright disastrous campaign behind them, the Lakers can finally look forward to a season filled with prospect development and tangible improvement in the win column. 

Although the No. 2 pick hardly assures the Lakers will snap their two-year postseason drought in a fiercely competitive Western Conference, they will have options galore after the Minnesota Timberwolves initiate the proceedings at No. 1 overall. 

No wonder the franchise is reveling in relief, according to the Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan: 

The reasons are obvious.

Nearly every possibility is open to the Lakers at No. 2—which wouldn't have been true at No. 4 or No. 5. Instead of turning their attention to Justise Winslow, Stanley Johnson or even Emmanuel Mudiay—all terrific prospects in their own right—the Lakers can strike gold and snag a top-flight...

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