Sunday, 23 September, 2018

How to Watch the NBA Draft Lottery

Betsy Taylor | 15 May, 2018, 22:33

Pat Williams, a co-founder of the Magic, intends to carry the toy into Chicago's Palmer House Hilton for the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night.

They made the playoffs - remember? - and playoff teams aren't in the lottery.

Therefore, if you don't see a team take hold in its designated slot above, that means it has vaulted into a top-three selection.

Not all teams now slotted in the lottery order are guaranteed to hold onto their picks.

Including 1985, the Knicks have selected in the top 10 nine times. Cleveland wouldn't trade the pick because that was their insurance policy if Lebron left or its part of the case they could make, 'hey, we could have a good young core to go forward with you if want to stay with us'. However, when compared to other things, that is not all bad.


One of these teams will get the Lakers' pick in this draft, which has a minuscule (1.1 percent) chance of being the No. 1 pick and a 2.9 percent chance of rising to the top three.

When the order of the first 14 teams is drawn Tuesday night, though, the Wolves will try something they haven't done since 2004: They're going to watch from a distance with a shrug.

It would be typical Los Angeles Clippers luck though if the Pistons pick somehow landed first overall and the Clippers had to forfeit the pick that they received for Griffin.

At that point, both teams will be on pins and needles hoping the selection falls on the right number. Los Angeles acquired Detroit's pick in the Blake Griffin trade, with that pick being top-three protected. 2 or 3, it will go to the Boston Celtics.

There's one prospect who could be a cut above the rest this year (Arizona center Deandre Ayton), but it's not as clear-cut given how strong the very top of the class seems to be.

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