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2011 NBA Mock Draft: From the Cavaliers to the Bulls

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2011 NBA Mock Draft: From the Cavaliers to the Bulls
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UConn Point Guard Kemba Walker

The NBA Draft Lottery can make or break at team's draft.  Started in 1985, the lottery added an element of chance to the NBA Draft process.  For the most part, it has kept teams from tanking the regular season to assure themselves the first-overall pick in the draft (although it didn't stop the 1996-1997 San Antonio Spurs).

Amazingly enough, only one team, the Orlando Magic, has ever had the first-overall pick two-straight years since the lottery was implemented.  With a 15.15% chance in 1992, they won the right to draft LSU's Shaquille O'Neal.  Orlando just missed the playoffs that year, going 41-41, and they were back in the lottery.  With just a 1.52% chance of winning the top pick, the Magic hit paydirt again, and won the right to select Michigan's Chris Webber.  It's too bad those two never had the chance to play together . . .

The lottery has changed a little since those days, and it has become much easier for truly bad teams to cop the first slot.  The team with the worst record has a 25% chance of winning the first pick, while the 14th team in the lottery has just a .5% chance.  Over the years, a few teams have won the first pick with shockingly low odds.

Here's a look at this year's NBA Draft Lottery, the teams in it, and the players they will select.

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