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NBA Draft 2021: Latest Selection Order and Odds After Tuesday's Tiebreaker Results

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVMay 25, 2021

BRISTOL, CT - NOVEMBER 18: NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver stands in front of the board displaying the whole first round during the 2020 NBA Draft on November 18, 2020 in Bristol, Connecticut at ESPN Headquarters. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The NBA announced its latest order for the 2021 draft after deciding several tiebreakers Tuesday:

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA

Pre-Draft Lottery 2021 NBA Draft order (non-Lottery teams):<br><br>15 WAS<br>16 BOS<br>17 MEM<br>18 OKC (from MIA or to HOU if HOU is 5-30)<br>19 NYK<br>20 ATL<br>21 NYK (from DAL)<br>22 LAL<br>23 HOU (from POR)<br>24 HOU (from MIL)<br>25 DEN<br>26 LAC<br>27 BKN<br>28 PHI<br>29 PHX<br>30 UTA<br><br>2/2

There were six different sections of teams that needed to be separated after finishing the regular season with even records. As Jonathan Givony of ESPN noted, the league used a standard ping-pong machine normally reserved for the lottery.

Joe Mussatto of the Oklahoman provided a breakdown of the tiebreaker results:

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto

The Thunder won the tiebreaker over the Cavs, per an NBA release. pic.twitter.com/oFf8YOGo14

The Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic currently have the top three picks prior to the lottery but each have a 14 percent chance of earning the No. 1 spot. Tankathon has the full list of odds for the top 14 teams.

The top three teams will also have a 52.1 percent chance of landing picks No. 1-4, which is extremely important for the Rockets. Houston will send its pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder if it ends up outside the top four. 

After finishing just 17-55 this past season, losing a high pick would be devastating for the Rockets' rebuild.

The Thunder are also picking early themselves after ending the year with just two wins in the final 25 games. A win in the regular-season finale hurt their odds slightly, but they at least will sit ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers after the latest tiebreaker.

Both Oklahoma City and Cleveland will have an 11.5 percent chance at the No. 1 pick and 45.1 percent chance at top four.

The full lottery order will be decided on June 22.

Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman listed Cade Cunningham out of Oklahoma State as the top prospect in his latest big board, followed by G League Ignite guard Jalen Green and USC center Evan Mobley.