The 2018 NBA draft lottery takes place Tuesday night in Chicago, locking in the order of selections for the first round of the NBA draft on June 21. Here’s a quick rundown of stuff to know to fully prepare you for this year’s edition of the NBA’s annual future-determining ping-pong-ball drawing.
The 2018 NBA draft lottery takes place on Tuesday at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. The broadcast starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, before the start of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers. It’ll also be available on the WatchESPN app.
There’s typically at least a little bit of preamble before they actually start unveiling the results, but, again: before the game.
The actual drawing of the ping-pong balls happens earlier. We’ll explain that in a bit.
The NBA employs a weighted lottery system, meaning the team with the worst record has the best odds of receiving the top pick. This year, that’s the Phoenix Suns, who finished in the league’s basement with a record of 21-61, and who thus have a 25 percent chance of winning the No. 1 pick.
Here’s a full breakdown of how many chances (out of 1,000 possible ping-pong-ball combinations) of landing the top spot everyone has in Tuesday’s drawing, and the odds of picking in the top three for all 14 non-playoff teams:
• The Cleveland Cavaliers will get the Brooklyn Nets’ first-round pick, which Brooklyn sent to the Boston Celtics all the way back in 2013 in the
• The Philadelphia 76ers will likely get the Los Angeles Lakers’ first-round pick, thanks to a pair of past trades — the
If the Lakers’ pick falls between Nos. 2 and 5, though, the Sixers won’t get it. In that scenario, it will go to the Celtics, as part of the trade
But if it’s sixth or lower, or if it’s first overall, the Lakers pick conveys to Philadelphia. If that happens, Boston will get whichever 2019 first-round pick is better between the Sixers’ and the Sacramento Kings’, protected for the No. 1 spot. (Philly owns Sacramento’s top 2019 pick thanks to the cap-space-clearing
By far the most likely scenario: Philly picks 10th. By far the most intriguing scenario: the ping-pong balls break in Philly’s favor, the 1.1 percent chance that the pick lands No. 1 bears out, and the resultant explosion of exultation at
will likely get the Detroit Pistons’ first-round pick, stemming from the January trade that sent Blake Griffin to Michigan. If the pick lands between Nos. 1 and 4, the Pistons hold onto it. There’s only a 2.54 percent chance of that happening, though, so the most likely scenariois the Clippers taking back-to-back picks at Nos. 12 and 13.” dat