NBA Draft Lottery 2012: Updated Odds and Projected Order

Josh BenjaminCorrespondent IApril 27, 2012

NBA Draft Lottery 2012: Updated Odds and Projected Order

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    This year's NBA draft lottery just got a lot more interesting, especially given how the regular season ended. 

    With some teams just barely missing the playoffs to some absolutely tanking the season, things could get very interesting on the night the order of the first 14 picks in this year's draft is announced.

    Will the Charlotte Bobcats be rewarded with the first pick after having the worst season in NBA history, or will the lottery gods fail them and give the top pick to some team like the Phoenix Suns, who came so close to the postseason only to be eliminated?

    To get those answers, keep on reading for the latest projected order of this year's draft lottery!

No. 14: Houston Rockets

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    Regular-Season Record: 34-32

    Kevin McHale didn't do a bad job in his first season as Rockets coach, as his team's late-season collapse was kind of a fluke. Losing Kyle Lowry to a bacterial infection proved to be hurtful, since despite the effectiveness of Goran Dragic, the team just didn't look the same.

    That said, they'll take their conventional 14th spot and have next to no chance of getting the top pick.

    Odds of Getting No. 1 Pick: 1,000/1

No. 13: Phoenix Suns

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    Regular-Season Record: 33-33

    In continuing with the conventional order, as has been the case with the first few picks at most recent draft lotteries, the Suns will stay right where they are at the No. 13 spot and start planning on how to continue without Steve Nash.

    Odds of Getting No. 1 Pick: 800/1

No. 12: Milwaukee Bucks

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    Regular-Season Record: 31-35

    Convention takes over again as the Bucks get the 12th pick and ponder which prospect will convince Brandon Jennings to stay with the team.

    Odds of Getting No. 1 Pick: 150/1

No. 11: Minnesota Timberwolves

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    Regular-Season Record: 26-40

    In the first "twist," the Timberwolves' season performance prior to Ricky Rubio's ACL injury will net them the No. 11 pick. Overall, not a bad spot to be in as another young prospect could be just what coach Rick Adelman needs.

    Odds of Getting No. 1 Pick: 100/1

No. 10: Portland Trail Blazers

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    Regular-Season Record: 28-38

    Portland fans breathe a sigh of relief as their lost season nets them a top-10 pick. How well the team uses it remains to be seen.

    Odds of Getting No. 1 Pick: 100/1

No. 9: Detroit Pistons

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    Regular-Season Record: 25-41

    Once again, Detroit uses the lottery to try to get back into contention.

    Odds of Getting No. 1 Pick: 60/1

No. 8: New Jersey Nets

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    Regular-Season Record: 22-44

    In another twist of draft lottery fate, the Nets don't get as high a spot as they thought they would.  Naturally, this throws a monkey wrench into plans to retain Deron Williams as well as acquire Dwight Howard.

    Perhaps it's a conspiracy?

    Odds of Getting No. 1 Pick: 50/1

No. 7. Toronto Raptors

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    Regular-Season Record: 23-43

    The Raptors are in the lottery again as they continue to try to prove that the NBA does indeed have a team north of the border.

    Odds of Getting No. 1 Pick: 30/1

No. 6: Golden State Warriors

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    Regular-Season Record: 23-43

    The Warriors will receive this pick, and use it to draft another Monta Ellis-type player despite already having Klay Thompson on the team.

    Odds of Getting No. 1 Pick: 30/1

No. 5: Cleveland Cavaliers

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    Regular-Season Record: 21-45

    As of now, I've got the Cavs getting the No. 5 pick. Unless, of course, team owner Dan Gilbert has some leftover lottery magic from last year...

    Odds of Getting No. 1 Pick: 10/1

No. 4: Washington Wizards

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    Regular-Season Record: 20-46

    The basketball gods will look at the Wizards' six-game winning streak to close the season and, in a cruel twist of fate, have them just miss being in the top three.

    Odds of Getting No. 1 Pick: 8/1

No. 3: Sacramento Kings

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    Regular-Season Record: 22-44

    A potential relocation needs a new face and with the No. 3 pick, the Kings will receive just that.

    Odds of Getting No. 1 Pick: 5/1

No. 2: New Orleans Hornets

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    Regular-Season Record: 21-45

    The same can be said for the Hornets, whose new owner Tom Benson has even hinted at a name change. That said, what better way to usher in a new era than with the No. 2 pick?

    Odds of Getting No. 1 Pick: 2/1

No. 1: Charlotte Bobcats

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    Regular-Season Record: 7-59

    Come on, people. The team won seven games all season. How can they NOT get the No. 1 pick?

    Odds of Getting No. 1 Pick: Even