Every year, the NBA draft lottery puts fans of their respective teams on edge. Unlike the NFL, where picks are guaranteed based on the previous year’s record, the NBA employs a lottery system designed to keep things “fair.” An NBA team with the worst record has a 25% chance to get the first pick. The higher the win total, the lower the chances.
There were a number of teams in desperate need for the #1 pick. The 76ers have had the NBA’s worst record for roughly two to three years in a row. They’ve managed to score a bunch of talent in the last few drafts, including Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel, and Joel Embiid, but due to their “lose every game until we get a good player” plan, haven’t done much with it. The Lakers, fresh off the worst season in Lakers history, were also hoping to get into the top spot.
Well, the Lakers got the second pick. The 76ers got the first pick. To add a bit more to the conspiracy that the NBA is fixed, Dikembe Mutombo actually congratulated the 76ers for winning the first pick about two hours before they got the pick.
The Boston Celtics will pick third, the Phoenix Suns fourth, and the Minnesota Timberwolves will pick fifth. Below is the rest of the draft order.
6. New Orleans Pelicans
7. Denver Nuggets
8. Sacramento Kings
9. Toronto Raptors (via Knicks)
10. Milwaukee Bucks
11. Orlando Magic
12. Utah Jazz
13. Phoenix Suns (via Wizards)
14. Chicago Bulls
15. Denver Nuggets (via Rockets)
16. Boston Celtics (via Mavericks)
17. Memphis Grizzlies
18. Detroit Pistons
19. Denver Nuggets (via Blazers)
20. Indiana Pacers
21. Atlanta Hawks
22. Charlotte Hornets
23. Boston Celtics
24. Philadelphia 76ers (via Heat/Cavaliers)
25. Los Angeles Clippers
26. Philadelphia 76ers (via Thunder/Nuggets/Cavaliers)
27. Toronto Raptors
28. Phoenix Suns (via Cavaliers/Celtics)
29. San Antonio Spurs
30. Golden State Warriors
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