There are several teams that desperately want to hear their name called last in Tuesday’s 2013 NBA draft lottery. Being the last team chosen would mean securing the No. 1 overall pick in next month’s draft.
There is plenty of quality talent at the top of this year’s class, making the first pick a highly sought-after commodity.
The Orlando Magic, Charlotte Bobcats, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans are the favorites to grab the top spot. Combined these teams have an 81.2 percent chance of securing the top overall selection.
In spite of the odds, there are some NBA franchises that are in dire need of acquiring the No. 1 choice.
The Charlotte Bobcats need the No. 1 pick more than anyone in the NBA. For years the Bobcats have just been dreadful and winning the 2013 lottery would help turn things around.
The last two seasons Charlotte has combined to win only 28 games. Last year, they ranked 26th or worse in points, rebounds, assists and points allowed.
Kemba Walker is the team’s only real reason to be optimistic about the future. The second-year guard averaged more than 17 points, five assists and three rebounds per game last year.
With the No. 1 selection, Michael Jordan’s team would be able to add a true playmaker to complement Walker.
New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans have been stuck in the gutter of the Southwest Division for a couple years. Despite having the first pick in last year’s draft, they won only 27 games.
One reason the Pelicans need to win the draft lottery is that such news could help stoke further interest among the New Orleans fanbase, helping to ensure that the organization stays in the Crescent City. This month there was speculation that the Pelicans would be the organization moving to Seattle.
The Pelicans (formerly Hornets) have not had a good team since Chris Paul left town two years ago.
The Orlando Magic have the best chance to win Tuesday’s draft lottery. According to the numbers, Orlando has a 25 percent chance to snag the draft’s top spot.
The loss of Dwight Howard seemed to deflate the entire team. Orlando’s biggest "star" is either Jameer Nelson or Arron Afflalo. This doesn’t bode well for winning games in the NBA.
In order for the team to turn it around, they need a true superstar to fill the void left by Howard.
If all goes to plan, the Magic will land the first pick and have their choice of Nerlens Noel or Ben McLemore. Either would be a great pick and would immediately take over as the face of the franchise.
Like the other teams mentioned, the Phoenix Suns had an awful 2012-13 season due in large part because of their lack of a star.
Goran Dragic is a solid point guard who has shown to be a good facilitator. However, he’s the leading offensive option on a team that ranked in the bottom third of the league in scoring.
If the Suns are going to be successful, Dragic will need more support around him. They have some young talent on the roster including the Morris twins (Marcus and Markieff), but they’re still missing the guy who will take them to the next level.