NBA Lottery 2012: When and Where to Watch Draft Order Drawing

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistMay 28, 2012

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We know that Anthony Davis will be the first pick in the 2012 NBA draft, we just don't know who'll make the pick yet.

Fourteen teams missed the postseason and are officially entered in the draft lottery. There is no guarantee that the league's worst team, the Charlotte Bobcats, will draw the No. 1 overall pick, but they own the best chance of making it happen.

Here's a look at all the specifics as well as which teams to keep an eye on during the lottery drawing.

Expected No. 1 pick Anthony Davis
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When: Wednesday, May 30 -- 8 PM ET

Where: Times Square, New York City

Watch: ESPN


Teams to Watch


Charlotte has a 25 percent chance of landing the top pick in the draft. Winners of only seven games this season, the Michael Jordan-owned team turned in one of the most pathetic seasons in NBA history.

They more than deserve a crack at Anthony Davis, but Washington, Cleveland and New Orleans have double-digit odds to land the No. 1 pick as well.

And remember, there are plenty who believe the lottery balls don't bounce all on their own...



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Guaranteed owners of two lottery selections, New Orleans is looking for all the help it can get. They have a 13.7 percent chance of winning the No. 1 overall pick with a 42.33 percent chance of landing a top-three pick.

Courtesy of the Chris Paul trade, the NBA-run franchise owns the rights to Minnesota's pick this year. The T-Wolves are slotted as the No. 10 overall pick as of now.



Now officially from Brooklyn, the Nets are going to either be the happiest or saddest club in the room when the balls are drawn.

The Nets have a 25.19 percent chance of landing a top-three pick, and if they fail to do so their pick then goes to the Portland Trail Blazers as part of the deal for Gerald Wallace.

Essentially, Brooklyn could be trading the No. 4 overall pick for Wallace, a player who can leave in free agency for free this summer.