For some NBA fan bases this season, the end of the regular season marks the beginning of a whole new season, the playoffs, but for others, it marks the beginning of a new era through the NBA Draft, and one of the most important events of the offseason for those lottery-bound teams and fan bases is the NBA Draft lottery, which takes place on May 15thand takes the bottom 14 teams and assigns the order of the picks based on a lottery system of 14 ping pong balls with different combinations assigned to different teams.
This year, the Phoenix Suns won the so-called “tank race”, posting a record of 21-61 and earning 25% odds at landing the number-one overall pick. They are followed by the Memphis Grizzlies, who own a 19.9% chance of getting the pick, as well as the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks, who will have a coin flip on Friday, April 13, to see which team will have the third-best odds.
Here are the odds for all 14 lottery-bound picks, as well as the range of picks that each team can acquire through the lottery (odds provided by Tankathon).
|Team (acquiring team)||#1 Pick Odds||Range of Picks|
|Dallas (pending coin flip)||13.8%||1-6|
|Atlanta (pending coin flip)||13.7%||1-7|
|Chicago (pending coin flip)||5.3%||1-3, 6-9|
|Brooklyn (to Cleveland)||2.8%||1-3, 8-11|
|New York||1.7%||1-3, 9-12|
|LA Lakers (to Philadelphia)||1.1%||1-3, 10-13|
|Detroit (to LA Clippers)||0.7%||1-3, 12-14|
|LA Clippers||0.6%||1-3, 13-14|
The NBA Draft Lottery will take place on May 15thin Chicago, IL, and will be broadcast on either ESPN or ESPN2.