The 2014 NBA draft lottery will be held on Tuesday to determine the official draft order, and there are a few teams with great odds to grab the No. 1 overall pick.
After going just 15-67, the Milwaukee Bucks are hoping to grab the No. 1 overall pick, and since they had the worst record in the NBA, they'll have the best chance to do so. However, as we've seen in previous years, the worst team doesn't always get the top pick, and a different team may be able to grab a potential superstar with the No. 1 overall selection.
With the draft set to take place Tuesday night, let's take a look at the TV schedule and start time for the NBA draft lottery along with odds for the top pick and a look at a couple of prospects that could be taken No. 1 overall.
Date: Tuesday, May 20
Time: 8 p.m. ET
|2014 NBA Lottery Odds|
|Los Angeles Lakers||6.3%|
|New Orleans Pelicans||1.1%|
|Denver Nuggets (via New York)||0.8%|
|Orlando Magic (via Denver)||0.7%|
Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas
At just 19 years old, Andrew Wiggins has the potential to not only be the No. 1 overall pick, but also become a superstar in the league in the next few years. Depending on the team, however, it may take him a while to become that breakout player.
Wiggins seems to have plenty of confidence in himself. During an interview on ESPN's First Take, Wiggins said he thinks he should be the No. 1 pick:
I think for me, Jabari [Parker] or Joel [Embiid], we all want to go No. 1. It’s not the end of the world if we don’t. There’s been a lot of great players that ended up to be the best ever, and great Hall of Famers that never were No. 1 and still had a great career. … I always put myself No. 1 above anybody else, that’s just me. I’ve got a lot of confidence in myself.
While he didn't live up to the lofty expectations at Kansas, Wiggins is still an incredible talent with huge upside. The biggest reason Wiggins has been so successful is his incredible athleticism, which took social media by storm after this picture below of the 19-year-old reportedly posting a 44-inch vertical.
However, after averaging just 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game at Kansas, Wiggins will have to hope that scouts will focus less on college production and more on potential if he's going to be the first player taken in June.
Jabari Parker, SF, Duke
At the beginning of the college basketball season, Wiggins was the clear No. 1 pick. However, now that the season is over, Duke's Jabari Parker has made a strong case for the top selection as well.
Parker was Duke's best player last season, averaging 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game and shooting 47.3 percent from the field. He scored at least 10 points in all but two games, showing his offensive consistency throughout the season.
At 6'8" and 235 pounds, Parker has the size to play small forward in the NBA. He's a solid ball-handler that has a smooth jumper and can create his own shot. Along with the ability to throw down with some exciting slam dunks, Parker can score in a variety of ways, although he'll need to become a more consistent shooter on the perimeter.
Utah Jazz radio announcer David Locke gave his take on Parker, and he seems to think quite highly of the 19-year-old.
Right now, Parker is probably more pro-ready than Wiggins, but his ceiling likely isn't as high. Whichever team picks No. 1 will have a tough decision to make.
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