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Yes! The Los Angeles Lakers own their 2014 first-round draft pick.
While the Lakers have traded away the majority of their first-round picks, they still own their 2014 selection. They also own their 2016 first-rounder.
However, the Lakers don’t own their 2014 second-round pick: L.A.’s selection is currently in the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks.
You could argue that the Lakers knew the 2014 NBA Draft would be full of great prospects, with players such as Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins being labeled as future stars, though the reality is that league rules don’t allow teams to trade first-round picks in consecutive years.
This restriction is the Ted Stepien Rule and is named after the Cleveland Cavaliers owner who traded multiple first-round picks during the 1980s, one of which ended up in the hands of the Lakers and turned into James Worthy in the 1982 draft.
The Lakers have manoeuvred around the rule in recent years, sending first-rounders in 2013 and 2015 to the Suns as a part of the Steve Nash sign-and-trade deal. The purple and gold also dealt a 2017 first-round pick to the Orlando Magic when the Dwight Howard trade was completed.
And the Lakers’ 2012 first-rounder? That was sent to Cleveland with Luke Walton and Jason Kapono in exchange for Ramon Sessions.
The last time the Lakers owned (and kept) a first-round pick was in 2007 when they selected Javaris Crittenton, a player who would later be traded to the Memphis Grizzlies as a part of the Pau Gasol blockbuster deal.