Breaking Down the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery

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Since 1985 the NBA has done the draft differently from other major sports. Former Commissioner David Stern decided to introduce the lottery that season. The teams with the 14 worst records are all entered into the lottery and the teams all have a chance at the coveted top pick. Historically in the past 29 years, the team with the worst record has only won the lottery 4 times. The teams with the worst record have the greatest chance at winning the lottery per say, but in the end all they have is a chance. The better your record the slimmer your chances, but in 1993 the 11th worst team won the lottery that year. The team with the 3rd worst record has won the lottery the most, 7 times. The Clippers are not in the lottery but have won it the most, 4 times. The last 2 lottery winners (Cavaliers and Pelicans) are still a part of the process and are once again returning to try and win the lottery again. This year’s draft has a deep talent pool and these are the teams in it, in order of the worst records.

  • 1. 1. Bucks: 25% chance to win first pick. The Bucks will pick no later than 4th. Team needs are at SG and SF.
  • 2. 2. 76ers: 19.9% chance to win first pick. The 76ers will pick no later than 5th. Team needs are at SF and SG.
  • 3. 3. Magic: 15.6% chance to win first pick. The Magic will pick no later than 6th. Team needs are at PG and PF.
  • 4. 4. Jazz: 10.4% chance to win first pick. The Jazz will pick no later than 7th. Team needs are at SG, SF and PF.
  • 5. 5. Celtics: 10.3% chance to win first pick. The Celtics will pick no later than 8th. Team needs are at PF and C.
  • 6. 6. Lakers: 6.3% chance to win first pick. The Lakers will pick no later than 9th. Team needs are at PG, SF, PF and C.
  • 7. 7. Kings: 4.3% chance to win first pick. The Kings will pick no later than 9th. Team needs are at SG, SF and PF.
  • 8. 8. Pistons: 2.8% chance to win first pick. The Pistons will pick no later than 10th. Team needs are at SG and PF.
  • 9. 9. Cavaliers: 1.7% chance to win first pick. The Cavaliers will pick no later than 11th. Team needs are at SF and C.
  • 1110. Pelicans: 1.1% chance to win first pick. The Pelicans will pick no later than 12th. Team needs are at C.
  • 1111. Nuggets: Pick received from Knicks. 0.8% chance to win first pick. The Nuggets will pick no later than 13th. Team needs are at SF and SG.
  • 1212. Magic: Pick received from Magic Nuggets. 0.7% chance to win first pick. The Magic will pick no later than 13th.
  • 1313. Timberwolves: 0.6% chance to win first pick. The Timberwolves will pick no later than 14th. Team needs are at SF.
  • 1414. Suns: 0.5% chance to win first pick. The Suns will pick no later than 14th. Team needs are at SG, SF and PF.

The players that may be chosen in the lottery are G/F Andrew Wiggins from Kansas, SF Jabari Parker from Duke, Dante Exum from Australia, SG Gary Harris Michigan St., Rodney Hood from Duke, SF Dario Saric from Croatia, PF Julius Randle from Kentucky, PF Noah Vonleh from Indiana, PF Aaron Gordon from Arizona, PG Marcus Smart from Oklahoma St., PG Tyler Ennis from Syracuse, PF Doug McDermott from Creighton, PF Clint Capela from Switzerland, PF Montrezl Harrell from Louisville, C Willie Cauley-Stein from Kentucky, SF Kyle Anderson UCLA, G/F Nik Stauskas from Michigan, PF Jerami Grant from Syracuse, G Zach Lavine from UCLA, SG James Young from Kentucky, C Jusef Nurkic from Croatia, PF Adreian Payne from Michigan St. and TJ Warren from North Carolina St.

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