The 2013 NBA draft class doesn’t have a Blake Griffin or even an Anthony Davis-like prospect who is almost universally regarded as the top dog.
This is a class that won’t likely render a superstar; it may feature a few stars, but will instead be filled with secondary options and role players.
Because of that, the best choice for the top pick really depends on which team wins the lottery. As many as five different players could candidates to be selected first at the June 27 draft.
Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel, Kansas’ Ben McLemore, UNLV’s Anthony Bennett, Michigan’s Trey Burke and even Lehigh’s C.J McCollum could be the chosen one.
Technically, the following teams all have a shot at winning the draft lottery. They are listed with their chances of winning.
- 1. Orlando Magic—250 combinations, 25.0% chance of receiving the No. 1 pick
- 2. Charlotte Bobcats—199 combinations, 19.9% chance
- 3. Cleveland Cavaliers—156 combinations, 15.6% chance
- 4. Phoenix Suns—119 combinations, 11.9% chance
- 5. New Orleans Pelicans—88 combinations, 8.8% chance
- 6. Sacramento Kings—63 combinations, 6.3% chance
- 7. Detroit Pistons—36 combinations, 3.6% chance
- 8. Washington Wizards—35 combinations, 3.5% chance
- 9. Minnesota Timberwolves—17 combinations, 1.7% chance
- 10. Portland Trail Blazers—11 combinations, 1.1% chance
- 11. Philadelphia 76ers—8 combinations, 0.8% chance
- 12. Oklahoma City Thunder (via TOR)—7 combinations, 0.7% chance
- 13. Dallas Mavericks—6 combinations, 0.6% chance
- 14. Utah Jazz—5 combinations, 0.5% chance
As you can see, every team listed has at least a remote chance of winning the lottery. This slideshow will only focus on the five teams with the highest probability of obtaining the top pick.
All five of these teams have their own draft logic, but the following slides convey the players who represent the smartest choice for each club.