Tuesday, 21 May, 2019


Duke Basketball: Zion Williamson’s best dunks of the 2018-19 season

NBA Draft Lottery Enlarge Image Zion Williamson and NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum Getty Images AP
Noah Ferguson | 14 May, 2019, 14:42

It would be nice to land in the top-four, but they only have between and three and four percent chance of actually getting in that zone.

The consensus leading into Tuesday's lottery is the top three picks will be Williamson, Morant and Barrett.

The lottery technically only determines the seeding for picks 1-4.

The Washington Wizards have a 9 percent chance in landing the top pick in the draft, the first step toward the team's recovery from a 32-50 record. There's an 18.9% chance of them dropping to No. 11 if one of the four teams behind them cashes in on their odds of jumping into the top four. Previously, the worst team had a 25% chance of staying at No. 1.

While the Knicks had a 17-65 record, it only provided 14 percent odds to win the lottery, tying them with the Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers as part of the newly implemented structure for 2019.

While we all know Zion Williamson will be picked No.1, no team is guaranteed that pick which many speculate is the goal of the new rules; to prevent the tank for Zion mentality. Best case scenario for the Hawks will be landing the first pick in the draft along with another top ten pick and the ability to add a top free agent.

The Mavs had the worst record in the league again the next year but only managed the 2nd pick. After those picks, the remaining teams were ordered in the inverse of their regular season records. In 2015, Boston sent Jeff Green to Memphis in a multi-team deal, and the biggest prize it received in return was a future first-round choice.

When did the lottery begin?

Of course, the Mavs were the recipients of the league trying to figure out the best way to do the draft lottery. Two years ago, the National Basketball Association approved changes to the draft which will be implemented this year.

Who are the top prospects?

The top prospect in this year's draft is Zion Williamson, a power forward from Duke who has drawn comparisons to none other than LeBron James for his rare combination of size and athleticism. In 2010, the last time the team picked first, the Wizards selected point guard John Wall out of Kentucky.

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