With the lottery in the rearview, teams can start to sharpen their strategies before June 23's NBA draft.
They now have a better idea of who might be available when they make their selection (for the Orlando Magic, that's everybody). And if their favorite prospects are gone by the time they're on the clock, they might explore trading the pick.
That's our focus. What will each team in the lottery do with its selection? Draft or trade?
With the latest mock draft from Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman, we'll dive into that question for every squad below.
1. Orlando Magic: Draft
With the amount of young talent already on the Magic, there may be a temptation to go star-hunting with the top pick in hand.
The first overall selection, one or two of their intriguing prospects and salary filler could probably land a big-time player and speed up Orlando's "process."
It feels too early for that kind of a win-now move, though. The better path is using the pick on someone who can develop alongside Jonathan Isaac (24 years old), Markelle Fultz (23), Wendell Carter Jr. (23), Franz Wagner (20) and Jalen Suggs (20).
If that player is Auburn's Jabari Smith, as Wasserman suggests it could be, all the better.
Smith has perhaps the sweetest shooting stroke in this class, and that's not just a reference to his 42.0 three-point percentage. He's able to connect on silky turnarounds, fadeaways and pull-ups inside the arc too.
And at 6'10", he can slot in next to Wagner to form a sort of positionless forward combo that would give Orlando's slashing guards room to operate inside and options to kick out to.
2. Oklahoma City Thunder: Draft
The Oklahoma City Thunder might be even more motivated than Orlando to make a win-now move.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will turn 24 in July, and though he's given no indication that he's getting antsy, we've seen stars in similar situations push their way to more competitive situations.
Unloading youth and the No. 2 pick to bring in a co-star would be out of general manager Sam Presti's recent character, though. Since he moved Paul George and Russell Westbrook in 2019, Presti has been all-in on a Process-like rebuild that has yielded a treasure trove of picks that every executive in the league would love to have (though maybe not for the cost it took to get them).
Starting to make those picks and seeing what sticks feels like the right play, especially for the selections that land in the top five.
If Chet Holmgren is still on the board at No. 2, adding his rim protection, shooting ability and passing would give OKC one of the most intriguing young cores in the league.
With SGA, Josh Giddey, Aleksej Pokusevski and Holmgren occupying four spots, the amount of size, skill and playmaking on the floor would give coach Mark Daigneault seemingly limitless possibilities on offense.