NBA Draft Lottery 2012: Who's Representing the Teams?

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IMay 30, 2012

NBA Draft Lottery 2012: Who's Representing the Teams?

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    As interesting as the NBA lottery can be for NBA fans, it's just as interesting for the franchises involved. A little bit of luck can potentially change their fortunes overnight.

    Franchises approach the chance of the ping-pong balls bouncing in their favor in different ways.

    It's all about the representatives that teams send to the lottery.

    While some teams just let chance have its own way and fate take its course, other teams feel they can create their own luck by sending the right representative on their behalf.

    Does it work? Who really knows?

    That being said, let's take a look at who will represent each team as they look for some luck during Wednesday night's lottery.

Charlotte Bobcats: Rich Cho

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    When you finish with the worst winning percentage in NBA history, there are probably very few people in the franchise that can be deemed lucky, but the honor this year for the Bobcats goes to their general manager, Rich Cho.

    Cho will represent the team on stage, and Vice Chairman Curtis Polk will be the team’s participant in the lottery room.

    No team with the worst record has won the lottery since the Orlando Magic accomplished that in 2004.

    Cho is hoping that his presence on stage will win the bobcats the right to select Kentucky's Anthony Davis.

Washington Wizards: Zach Leonsis

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    Wizards owner Ted Leonsis is copying the strategy used by Cleveland's Dan Gilbert a year ago: He sent his son Nick to represent the Cavs.

    It worked for them—Cleveland won the lottery and the right to draft Kyrie Irving—so Leonsis is sending his son Zach to represent the franchise, hoping for a little of the same luck.

    Washington has the second-best odds at winning the No. 1 overall pick at 19.9 percent and is looking to claim the top pick for the third time in franchise history.

Cleveland Cavaliers: Nick Gilbert

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    Will lightning strike twice when the young Gilbert returns to the stage looking to get the No. 1 pick for the Cavs for the second consecutive season?

    While Gilbert will be on stage, he will have plenty of help. Kyrie Irving, Dan Gilbert, Bernie Kosar, Josh Cribbs and Joe Haden will all be in attendance.

New Orleans Hornets: Monty Williams

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    The Hornets have a pair of lottery picks, their own and Minnesota's (via the Chris Paul trade), and will turn to head coach Monty Williams to represent them on stage.

    New Orleans has a 14.8 percent chance at landing the first selection, a 15.46 percent chance at drafting second and a 16.04 percent chance at third.

    General manager Dell Demps will also be in attendance.

Sacramento Kings: Adrienne Maloof

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    Maloof is the sister of Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof and will represent the Kings on stage for the 2012 draft lottery.

    She is a cast member for Bravo's series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

    Hopefully, she has more luck than the Kings have had in past lotteries.

    In 2009, the Kings had the NBA's worst record and the best chance at landing the first-overall pick but ended up fourth.

    In 2010, they had the third-worst record and fell two spots to fifth.

    Last year, Sacramento had the fifth-best chance of moving up to No. 1 but fell two spots to No. 7.

Portland Trail Blazers: Wesley Matthews

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    The Blazers could potentially end up with a pair of lottery picks and are turning to guard Wesley Matthews for good luck.

    Matthews will represent the Blazers, and interim GM Chad Buchanan will also attend.

    He needs to bring Portland some good fortune, as they not only hold their pick but also that of the Brooklyn Nets. As long as Brooklyn's pick doesn't land in the top three, then it becomes property of the Blazers.

Golden State Warriors: Bob Myers

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    If any team needs some luck in the lottery, it's the Warriors. If their pick falls in the top seven, then they get to keep it. If not, it belongs to the Utah Jazz.

    The Warriors will send their general manager, Bob Myers, to represent them on stage, and hopefully he has more luck than past representatives.

    Golden State has been in the lottery 20 times and has moved up on only three occasions.

Toronto Raptors: Dwayne Casey

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    Toronto will turn to head coach Dwayne Casey to represent them on stage Wednesday night.

    The Raptors have plenty of needs to fill and can do so by moving up in the draft.

    General manager Bryan Colangelo will also be in the audience.

Detroit Pistons: Brandon Knight

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    Needing a little luck of their own, the Pistons will turn to last year's first-round pick Brandon Knight as their representative on stage, as the Detroit Free Press's Vince Ellis tweeted last week.

    @BrandonKnight12 will represent #Pistons at draft lottery next week. @MooseGM10 did it last season.

    — Vincent Ellis (@VinceEllis56) May 24, 2012

     

    Sending a player seldom works out—especially for the Pistons, who had no luck sending Greg Monroe last season.

Milwaukee Bucks: John Hammond

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    Bucks general manager John Hammond gets to do the honors for Milwaukee.

    Of course there may not be much drama for Hammond. The Bucks have only a 0.7 percent chance of moving up to the No. 1 pick, but stranger things have happened.

Phoenix Suns: Mark West

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    The Suns will be represented by former center and current VP of Player Programs Mark West.

    Phoenix has never won the lottery. This year, the Suns have only a 0.6 percent chance to do so and only a 2.2 percent chance of moving into the top three.

    Wednesday night will be the second consecutive appearance at the lottery for West.

Houston Rockets: Chandler Parsons

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    The Rockets will turn to Parsons in an attempt to do what only one other team has done in the history of the lottery.

    In 1993, the Orlando Magic had the worst odds to claim the No. 1 pick but won it in the lottery.

    Parsons became a nice find for Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, when he was drafted in the second round a season ago.

    Now Morey is hoping he can steal a little luck from Parsons and move all the way up to the top of the draft.