How does the Draft Lottery work? You name the player, and you're in business.
It's important to pay attention to the pre-lottery draft order as the envelopes are being revealed.
The NBA draft lottery takes place in Chicago on Tuesday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. EST.
A quick explanation of why that is the case.
They Celtics have successfully built teams in every way possible, but every single top core has always involved at least one top player being draft, and leading the team in a special way. After those pingpong balls are chosen, all of the other teams go in reverse order of the regular-season standings.
The remaining slots (4-14) filled based on record, with the next-worst record going fourth, and so on.
Sometimes, you may even see a trio of teams outside of the top three in the pre-draft lottery phase jump into the top three post-lottery. Here are a few things that are less likely to happen than the Clippers getting a top-three pick.
Not all teams now slotted in the lottery order are guaranteed to hold onto their picks. Chances are they will not be adding a lottery pick to an Eastern Conference Finals roster this season, but the Los Angeles Lakers pick will end up in their hands if it lands somewhere between 2-5.
Including 1985, the Knicks have selected in the top 10 nine times. It's an unprotected pick, so there will be no switch with that one. The three teams with the worst records in the National Basketball Association all will have a 14 percent chance at landing the top overall pick once the new system kicks in for 2019.
Ironically, the Cavs are in the lottery thanks to the Brooklyn pick they received in the Irving trade with the Celtics.
At that point, both teams will be on pins and needles hoping the selection falls on the right number. 2 or 3, it will go to the Boston Celtics.
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