NBA Draft Lottery 2014: Current Odds and Early Predictions for First 14 Picks

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NBA Draft Lottery 2014: Current Odds and Early Predictions for First 14 Picks
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On Tuesday, 14 NBA franchises will wait with bated breath while the pingpong balls bounce around to determine the draft fate of each lottery team.

There's an immense amount of talent at the top of this year's draft class, and each lottery team shouldn't have trouble finding a prospect capable of becoming a solid NBA starter.

Of course, with higher picks comes higher talent—usually.

With the lottery just one day away, here are the odds for each team to acquire the coveted No. 1 overall selection:

2014 NBA Draft Lottery Odds
Team Odds
1 Milwaukee Bucks 25.0%
2 Philadelphia 76ers 19.9%
3 Orlando Magic 15.6%
4 Utah Jazz 11.9%
5 Boston Celtics 8.8%
6 Los Angeles Lakers 6.3%
7 Sacramento Kings 3.6%
8 Detroit Pistons 3.5%
9 Cleveland Cavaliers 1.7%
10 New Orleans Pelicans 1.1%
11 Denver Nuggets 0.8%
12 New York Knicks 0.7%
13 Minnesota Timberwolves 0.6%
14 Phoenix Suns 0.5%

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Like every year, there will be plenty of surprises during the lottery process.

Back in 1997, the year Tim Duncan was the consensus No. 1 overall selection, the Boston Celtics had the best chance to secure the top pick.

Well, it didn't quite turn out that way, as former coach M.L. Carr recalls during an interview with Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe:

It was brutal. But you were doing the things that were right for the organization, not going out and getting players that would get you further towards being stuck. You weren't going to take a chance on any of that when you had Tim Duncan in the upcoming draft. It's a tough battle when you're at the bottom looking up. The organization did not use those [1997 draft] resources right and it took a longer time to come back.

It will be interesting to find out what's in store for us this year.

Since we don't have Nostradamus around to predict the upcoming draft order, let's assume it stays the same and take a look at the potential selections for the first 14 overall picks:

2014 NBA Lottery Mock Draft
Pick Team Selection Position College
1 Milwaukee Bucks Andrew Wiggins SF Kansas
2 Philadelphia 76ers Jabari Parker SF Duke
3 Orlando Magic Dante Exum PG Australia
4 Utah Jazz Joel Embiid C Kansas
5 Boston Celtics Julius Randle PF Kentucky
6 Los Angeles Lakers Marcus Smart PG Oklahoma State
7 Sacramento Kings Noah Vonleh PF Indiana
8 Detroit Pistons Tyler Ennis PG Syracuse
9 Cleveland Cavaliers Dario Saric SF Croatia
10 76ers (via New Orleans) Aaron Gordon PF Arizona
11 Magic (via Denver) Rodney Hood SF Duke
12 Nuggets (via New York) Gary Harris SG Michigan State
13 Minnesota Timberwolves Doug McDermott SF Creighton
14 Phoenix Suns Zach LaVine PG UCLA

Sean O'Donnell's Picks

Dante Exum could easily sneak into the top three of this year's draft. One of the draft's most intriguing prospects, Exum put on a great show at the combine in Chicago.

Alex Kennedy of NBA.com tweeted about Exum's prowess during the interview process:

That's not the only area in which Exum flourished. According to ESPN Stats & Info, his speed is right up there with some of the NBA's best:

Noah Vonleh will be a certified lottery pick this year. He's an extremely promising prospect with a high ceiling. His massive hand size doesn't hurt, either. Just take a look at this comparative tweet from NBA Legion:

Sneaking into the lottery picks is former UCLA guard Zach LaVineAfter his performance at the combine, he could even go higher.

Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated tweeted that word was spreading quickly about LaVine's shooting ability:

That was followed up by some impressive workout numbers, as tweeted by ESPN Insider Chad Ford:

There's plenty of talent at the top of this year's draft class, but where these prospects land is completely up in the air at this point.

We'll have a much better idea upon the conclusion of Tuesday's draft lottery.

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