NBA Draft Order 2014: Current Lottery Odds and Predictions for Top 14 Picks

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMay 20, 2014

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 1972, file photo Draft Director Curtis W. Tarr spins a plexiglass drum containing capsules with birth dates and orders of assignments for men born in 1953 at the beginning of the fourth annual Selective Service lottery in Washington. Tarr, the man who developed the lottery for the draft during the Vietnam War, died Friday of pneumonia  at his home in Walnut Creek, Calif., his daughter Pam Tarr said Wednesday, June 26, 2013. He was 88. (AP Photo, Charles W. Harrity, File)
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While the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot is one in 175,223,510, the odds for 14 NBA franchises to earn the draft's No. 1 overall selection are much better.

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
1Milwaukee Bucks25.0%
2Philadelphia 76ers19.9%
3Orlando Magic15.6%
4Utah Jazz10.4%
5Boston Celtics10.3%
6Los Angeles Lakers6.3%
7Sacramento Kings4.3%
8Detroit Pistons2.8%
9Cleveland Cavaliers1.7%
10New Orleans Pelicans1.1%
11Denver Nuggets0.8%
12New York Knicks0.7%
13Minnesota Timberwolves0.6%
14Phoenix Suns0.5%

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
1Milwaukee BucksAndrew WigginsSFKansas
2Philadelphia 76ersJabari ParkerSFDuke
3Orlando MagicDante ExumPGAustralia
4Utah JazzJoel EmbiidCKansas
5Boston CelticsJulius RandlePFKentucky
6Los Angeles LakersMarcus SmartPGOklahoma State
7Sacramento KingsNoah VonlehPFIndiana
8Detroit PistonsTyler EnnisPGSyracuse
9Cleveland CavaliersDario SaricSFCroatia
1076ers (via New Orleans)Aaron GordonPFArizona
11Magic (via Denver)Rodney HoodSFDuke
12Nuggets (via New York)Gary HarrisSGMichigan State
13Minnesota TimberwolvesDoug McDermottSFCreighton
14Phoenix SunsZach LaVinePGUCLA
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

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'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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