NBA Lottery 2013: Date, Time, TV Schedule and More

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 19, 2013

Are you ready for the NBA draft lottery?

If you live in one of the 14 cities that has a team with ping pong balls in play, you most certainly are. Nothing is as exciting for fans of struggling teams as finding out your team will have the top overall pick in the draft. 

This year, the Orlando Magic will have the best odds of winning the top pick. But the team and its fans probably shouldn't get their hopes up—the team with the best odds has won the lottery just two times in 22 years.

It's an exciting time for teams that didn't offer a lot of excitement this past season. Let's preview this year's NBA draft lottery.


When: Tuesday, May 21 at 8:30 p.m. ET

Where: Disney/ABC's Times Square Studios, New York City, New York

Watch: ESPN


Odds of Winning Top Overall Pick

1. Orlando Magic, 25 percent

2. Charlotte Bobcats, 19.9 percent

3. Cleveland Cavaliers, 15.6 percent

4. Phoenix Suns, 11.9 percent

5. New Orleans Pelicans, 8.8 percent

6. Sacramento Kings, 6.3 percent

7. Detroit Pistons, 4.3 percent

8. Washington Wizards, 2.8 percent

9. Minnesota Timberwolves, 1.7 percent

10. Portland Trail Blazers, 1.1 percent

11. Philadelphia 76ers, 0.8 percent

12. Toronto Raptors, 0.7 percent

13. Dallas Mavericks, 0.6 percent

14. Utah Jazz, 0.5 percent


Remainder of Draft Order

15. Milwaukee Bucks

16. Boston Celtics

17. Atlanta Hawks

18. Atlanta Hawks (via Brooklyn Nets and Houston Rockets)

19. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Los Angeles Lakers)

20. Chicago Bulls

21. Utah Jazz (via Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors)

22. Brooklyn Nets

23. Indiana Pacers

24. New York Knicks

25. Los Angeles Clippers

26. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies)

27. Denver Nuggets

28. San Antonio Spurs

29. Oklahoma City Thunder

30. Phoenix Suns (via Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat)


Lottery Notes

Per Sean Highkin of USA Today, if Portland's pick falls outside of the top 12, it will then belong to the Bobcats. And if the Raptors don't land a top-three selection, their pick will be transferred to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

According to Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk, the Pistons won a tiebreaker over the Wizards, the Sixers won a tiebreaker over the Raptors, the Rockets won a tiebreaker over the Bulls and Lakers (the Lakers then won a tiebreaker over the Bulls) and the Clippers won a tiebreaker with the Grizzlies.


Top Prospects

There may not be a can't miss superstar in this class, but there is plenty of talent throughout.

Nerlens Noel from Kentucky is probably the top prospect in this class. The one-and-done star is a force in the middle and averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.4 blocks per game this season. He is recovering from a torn ACL suffered this season, but he's loaded with talent and potential. 

After that, the order of the prospects taken will likely depend on the lottery and team needs.

  • Ben McLemore is a versatile shooting guard with dynamic athleticism. 
  • Otto Porter Jr. is probably the most NBA-ready prospect and doesn't really have any weaknesses. He's a small forward who can defend multiple positions and is a team-first guy.
  • Trey Burke is a classic dual-threat point guard, capable of beating teams as both a scorer and facilitator. 
  • Anthony Bennett is an extremely athletic power forward (albeit a slightly undersized one) who has solid range on his jumper and likes to run the floor. 
  • Victor Oladipo is an amazing athlete and a lock-down defender. He needs to work on his offensive game, but he'll instantly contribute as a high-energy, defensive stalwart.
  • Shabazz Muhammad has dropped down boards, mostly because he's primarily a scorer. That being said, he's probably the draft's best pure scorer.
  • C.J. McCollum, Cody Zeller, Alex Len, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Gorgui Dieng, Dario Saric, Mason Plumlee, Michael Carter-Williams and Kelly Olynyk are also possibilities to crack the top 10.


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