The future of 14 NBA franchises will soon be dictated by several swirling Ping-Pong balls at the 2014 NBA draft lottery.
While the actual draft itself is far more important than the lottery selection show, Times Square Studios in New York City will play host to an important event in its own right. The lottery can drastically impact the way the early picks of Round 1 play out.
With so many possibilities, the scenarios for teams are endless. Chad Ford of ESPN broke down every possible scenario:
We’ve also updated our Lottery Mock Draft machine. Play all 2,184 scenarios here: http://t.co/hYjo4P9AmG— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) April 22, 2014
Given the brevity of the lottery, you won't want to miss it. Below is all the information you'll need to watch along with every team's odds at receiving the top pick and even some of the latest NBA draft rumors.
2014 NBA Draft Lottery Schedule
When: Tuesday, May 20 at 8 p.m. ET
Below is a table with odds for the 14 teams in the running for the No. 1 overall selection.
|6||Los Angeles Lakers||6.3%|
|10||New Orleans Pelicans||1.1%|
|12||New York Knicks||0.7%|
Pre-Draft Trading on the Horizon?
The days leading up to the NBA draft usually feature a trade or two, with most of the trade action coming on draft day itself. Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com claims that we could see a lot more trading going on before the draft this year:
The basketball portion of the pre-draft combine ended Friday with a growing sense that the period leading to the June 26 NBA Draft could include more trade activity than usual since several lottery regulars want big improvements now via a veteran rather than wait for another prospect to develop, executives and scouts told NBA.com.
The alignment of aggressive sellers with increased interest among potential buyers has created the possibility of major shifts over the next six weeks amid the obvious boost of the top selections having far more value than those who headlined what has so far turned out to be a poor 2013 draft.
But what type of veteran talent could be on the move?
One name that has been popping up quite a bit recently is Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Love hasn't been shy about letting people know it, either, as SportsCenter's official Twitter account noted:
Kevin Love interested in Bulls & Warriors as potential trade destinations, per sources. » http://t.co/0JjYw4o4ch— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 18, 2014
Aside from free agency, when Carmelo Anthony is free to go where he pleases, a trade of Love would likely be the most significant deal done this offseason. It will be interesting to see if he gets moved before he becomes an unrestricted free agent after next season.
Is Boston Targeting Julius Randle?
The Boston Celtics will likely have a high pick in the lottery, so they'll have a large crop of prospects to choose from. Baxter Holmes of The Boston Globe tweets that they have shown enough interest in Julius Randle to bring him in for an interview:
Julius Randle said he has an interview scheduled with the Celtics.— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) May 15, 2014
I find it interesting that Boston would be interested in Randle. It already has Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk in the frontcourt—two young players with a ton of untapped potential. Randle is a special talent, but this team has other needs that it can address.
Assuming they pick at No. 5 like the odds suggest, the Celtics could presumably grab Dante Exum or Marcus Smart to add depth to the backcourt. Both players are capable of playing the 2. Avery Bradley has shown inconsistencies at the position, so at the very least, Bradley and either Exum or Smart can split time at the position.
From a talent perspective, Randle is deserving of a pick in that area of the draft. It's not a great fit in Boston, though.
Chicago Wants Shooters
The Chicago Bulls got bounced early from the playoffs by the Washington Wizards in part because shooting consistently was difficult for the team. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bulls are aware of this and want to draft a shooter like Rodney Hood or Doug McDermott.
Hood is aware of the team's issues shooting consistently, and he told Johnson that he can help right away:
"I watched them pretty much all season, and I think they're a shooter away from making that next jump. They had Mike Dunleavy but other than that, they really don't have too many shooters. I can come in and stretch the floor right away."
Who is the better fit for Chicago?
Hood will bring athleticism and that ability to stretch the floor to the team if selected, but McDermott is also a proficient shooter. He seems comfortable playing for Chicago as well, via Johnson:
"He [Kyle Korver] loved playing for Coach [Tom] Thibodeau. I know this would be a great spot for me. I really like where they're going and how comfortable I was in that meeting. They're real familiar with my game and have seen me play a lot."
But which player is the better fit?
I'm leaning toward Hood at this point because of his athleticism. When Derrick Rose is healthy, Chicago can run an extremely athletic offense. McDermott is no slouch on the court, but Hood is the far better athlete. A combination of Rose and Hood in the backcourt has the potential to be a scary matchup for defenses.