The 2013 NBA Draft Lottery may not be the monumental day during the offseason that forever changes the fortunes of a downtrodden organization, but it's still an important event for fans of all teams involved.
While there is hardly a consensus No. 1 pick—with perhaps the exception of Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel—and zero young stars jumping out as potential franchise saviors, there’s still some buzz surrounding the upcoming lottery draw.
It’s still a significant occasion that will change the landscape of the Association forever. This draft has a decent amount of depth at the top, which is why it’s important to at least land in the upper half of the top-14 after the ping-pong balls are pulled.
As much as some fans and analysts want to trash this class, there are prospects available that will be instrumental in improving the fortunes of the club that selects them. There are even some that will end up guiding teams on playoff runs and others that could become major contributors for a Finals-winning squad.
Let’s take a look at where you can watch this thrilling lottery drawing, including a link for live streaming. Then check out the complete list of participants, possible trades and each team’s chance to land the No. 1 selection.
Finally, we have highlighted some notable selections that could come off the board in the lottery and included a potential mock draft for how the first 14 picks could shake out.
2013 NBA Draft Lottery Info
When: Tuesday, May 21 at 8:30 p.m. ET
Where: Disney/ABC’s Times Square Studios, New York, N.Y.
Live Stream: ESPN3 (Blacked out in several states, please check coverage map here)
2013 NBA Draft Lottery Participants and Chance to Land No. 1 Selection
Chance of No. 1 pick
New Orleans Pelicans
Portland Trail Blazers*
*If Portland's pick falls outside of the top 12, it will be sent to Charlotte.
**If Toronto's pick falls outside of the top three, it will be sent to the Oklahoma City Thunder via the Houston Rockets.
***Odds and trade notes courtesy of USA Today.
2013 NBA Draft Lottery Notables
Nerlens Noel, PF/C, Kentucky
While Noel isn’t going to make the same impact that former UK star Anthony Davis did on the Hornets, he’s still projected to be a starting-caliber big man in the NBA.
Because of his elite length, incredible shot-blocking, upside as a defender and rim protector as well as a plus non-stop motor, it would be a wise decision for a majority of teams to select Noel No. 1 overall.
While the bouncy star is still recovering from an ACL injury suffered in February, he’s apparently ahead of schedule and expects to be back around Christmas time.
It’s certainly not the ideal situation for the club that lands the top pick, but there isn’t a better big to be found in this class.
Injury risks and all, Noel should be the No. 1 overall selection in the 2013 draft.
Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas
Earlier in the 2012-13 college campaign, there was some significant buzz concerning McLemore becoming the first off-guard to be selected No. 1 overall since David Thompson accomplished the feat back in 1975.
Unfortunately, with his late-season struggles and disappearing act during a significant stretch of the NCAA tournament, McLemore has fallen down a rung on the big board.
While he’s still a consensus top-five pick and most exciting, high ceiling perimeter player in this class, he shouldn’t have much a chance to overtake Noel for the No. 1 spot.
Expect this KU product to make a quick splash in the Association however, as he has elite three-point shooting skills and the propensity to light up the scoreboard when he’s feeling it.
Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown
Porter may not be an elite scorer or eye-popping athlete, but he does a bit of everything and can do it all well.
He displayed flashes of an ability to carry the scoring load late in his sophomore season with the Hoyas, but was not able to sustain that sort of production.
Fortunately, most of his suitors in the lottery won’t be expecting much in terms of point production from this swingman.
As long as he’s able to defend multiple positions, clean the glass on both ends of the court, hustle hard on every possession and do all the little things that winning organizations require from their SF, Porter is going to be a home-run selection.
Complete 2013 NBA Lottery Mock Draft
1. Orlando Magic: Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky
2. Charlotte Bobcats: Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas
3. Cleveland Cavaliers: Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown
4. Phoenix Suns: Cody Zeller, C, Indiana
5. New Orleans Pelicans: Trey Burke, PG, Michigan
6. Sacramento Kings: Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana
7. Detroit Pistons: Shabazz Muhammad, SF, UCLA
8. Washington Wizards: Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV
9. Minnesota Timberwolves: C.J. McCollum, SG, Lehigh
10. Portland Trail Blazers: Alex Len, C, Maryland
11. Philadelphia 76ers: Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga
12. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Toronto): Rudy Gobert, C, France
13. Dallas Mavericks: Dario Saric, SF, Croatia
14. Utah Jazz: Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse