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As if losing 4-1 to the shorthanded Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals wasn’t enough, now the Sixers face the idea of Boston adding Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward next season. That’s not fair! Philly needs this No. 1 pick to keep things fair!

Side argument for Lakers: Really, shouldn’t the Lakers be rewarded for the Steve Nash trade they made in 2012? That deal is why this pick is out of their hands. Nash, who enters the Hall of Fame this summer, played just 60 games in two seasons with Los Angeles due to injury. When he joined Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol, Nash was heralded as the last piece of an All-NBA gathering on the West Coast. Instead, that deal was the death knell for the Lakers’ last era of title contention, and its cost has hung over the franchise ever since.

Now, the Lakers get to watch their two oldest rivals circle like vultures around their ping pong balls. Their most satisfying outcome would be for the pick to stay put, part ways with the No. 10 pick and wash their hands of the Nash trade once and for all.

Argument against Lakers: Truth be told, the Lakers have avoided paying the full price for Nash for some time. This pick has been protected — and fallen under those protections — three years in a row now. How many teams manage that many strokes of luck — and land the No. 2 overall pick — three years running?

That recent run merely cements a known fact: the Lakers are already one of the luckiest and most successful teams in NBA history. Any team but Boston could win the championship for the next decade and still not have more banners than those already hanging in Staples Center. Would another turn of bad luck even put a dent in that? New York Knicks

Side argument for Nets: Like the Lakers, Brooklyn has watched the seismic aftershocks of its ill-advised Kevin Garnett mega-trade in 2013 continue to rattle its cupboards bare for years. Jason Terry, 40, is the only player the Nets acquired in that trade that is still in the league. Fans would love to see this pick stick at eighth overall and then move on with their lives.

Argument against Cavs: Cleveland scorch-earthed itself in order to win now with LeBron James. Including his pre-Miami Heat stint, the franchise has now enjoyed an 11-year window with the greatest player of his generation. Most teams in the league have never enjoyed such an opportunity.

That South Beach interruption was mollified by not one, not two, but three No. 1 overall picks in the four years James was gone. In a very real way, that is what made James’ return to his home state possible. For Cleveland to luck out again and simultaneously increase its odds of keeping James would be unfathomably — and enviably — fortunate.

Side argument against Nets: The 2013 offseason trade for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Terry and others in the end left the Nets in dire straits. Brooklyn mortgaged four first-round picks for a failed attempt to win now/then. The last of those picks becoming No. 1 overall would serve as a reminder to the Nets (and others) to avoid making that same mistake again. Sacramento Kings

Argument for Hawks: Of all the lottery teams, Atlanta might be the most talent-starved. Point guard Dennis Schroder is the team’s best player, but will continue to be inefficient if he does not get help soon. Forwards Taurean Prince and John Collins are good pieces, but far from franchise saviors.

The last time Atlanta earned the No. 1 pick was in 1975 and the player they took — future Hall of Famer David Thompson — was worth it. The timing, however, was not. Thompson elected to go to the ABA, and his team in that league (Denver) was one of just four to survive the ABA-NBA merger in 1976. He never played for Atlanta, spending six of his eight NBA seasons with the Nuggets (and the other two with the Seattle SuperSonics). Some recompense for that misfortune should be forthcoming for the Hawks, right?

Argument against Hawks: It’s hard to find a reason to root against Atlanta. They haven’t won a championship since 1958, when they were located in St. Louis. They’ve made one conference finals since 1970 and their most successful era of late — highlighted by a 60-win season in 2014-15 — seemed to end in the blink of an eye.

Maybe the hold of demons past is just too strong. Atlanta traded the draft rights to Bill Russell in 1956. They traded franchise icon Dominique Wilkins at midseason in 1994 for Manning — who bolted for the Phoenix Suns in free agency months later. They traded Pau Gasol for Shareef Abdur-Rahim on Draft night 2001. They took Marvin Williams at No. 2 over future All-Stars Deron Williams and Chris Paul in 2005… then selected Shelden Williams over future All-Star Brandon Roy in 2006.

Argument for Suns: All that we said about the Grizzlies? Now double it. The Suns just logged their 50th season, yet somehow have never earned an NBA championship or the No. 1 pick — the oldest team in the league to own such distinctions. The bad luck behind that stat is a monolith of pain.

It started in the franchise’s second offseason, when a coin flip would determine whether the Suns or Milwaukee Bucks would get the top overall pick — and a chance to Draft a guy named Lew Alcindor (later Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). The Suns picked heads. The coin showed tails and Phoenix wound up with Neal Walk.

Fast forward to 1987. Again, it was down to just Phoenix and one other team: the San Antonio Spurs. The unquestioned top pick of that year’s draft was a Navy guy named David Robinson. The Suns’ logo showed up on the second-to-last envelope, and they drafted Armen Gilliam instead.

Argument against Suns: It happened with Connie Hawkins in the 1970s. It occurred Charles Barkley in the ’90s. And it happened when Nash was dealt in 2012: Whenever Phoenix has dealt its star player to a rival, the team is punished with a tumultuous transition.