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
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)
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.
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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