On Tuesday night, the draft lottery will determine the fates of these teams as they all wait to see how the Ping-Pong balls fall.
The draft lottery will award three lucky teams the top three overall picks in this year's draft. The remaining 11 teams will then receive picks No. 4 through 14 in inverse order of their regular-season records.
Here's a look at the odds for each team involved:
|2014 NBA Draft Lottery Odds|
|6||Los Angeles Lakers||6.3%|
|10||New Orleans Pelicans||1.1%|
|12||New York Knicks||0.7%|
Even though the Milwaukee Bucks have the greatest chance to earn the top overall selection, it's no guarantee.
The draft lottery is a great prelude to what figures to be a wild offseason, as the outcome of Tuesday's event has the possibility to shake up the draft.
Like most gamblers, NBA teams have their own superstitions when there's plenty at stake. Here's a look at the Philadelphia 76ers' good-luck charm, courtesy of Yahoo Sports:
We'll see how well that works out for them Tuesday.
Until then, we can speculate where each team may go with its lottery selection. There's plenty of talent at the top of this draft, and each team figures to improve in a big way.
Here's a possibility of how things could unfold in June's draft if the current order was upheld:
|2014 NBA Lottery Mock Draft|
|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 Predictions|
Even though Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid didn't participate in this year's draft combine, they are all expected to be among the first off the board.
After all, it appears Wiggins didn't need to participate after this image of his vertical surfaced, courtesy of Eric Rosenthal of HoundSports.com:
Wiggins wasn't the only prospect with big ups on display, though.
During the combine, Aaron Gordon made headlines due to his freakish vertical. Staff had to raise the measuring apparatus after he completely cleared the top of it on his first attempt.
Here's a great look at his leap:
Another prospect who really helped himself during the combine was Australian phenom Dante Exum.
Exum impressed many teams and members of the media with his mature attitude during interviews. One such person who came away with high praise was NBA.com's Alex Kennedy:
Zach LaVine may have solidified himself as a lottery selection as well.
Coming into the combine, we already knew of his freakish athleticism and great long ball. In Chicago, he reasserted to everyone in attendance what he is capable of.
He did that first with his shooting, according to Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated:
He also impressed with his speed and agility, per ESPN's Chad Ford:
There's still a long way to go before the draft comes to fruition, but things will really start to heat up Tuesday.
Get ready for a wild ride.
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