Friday, 16 November, 2018

The NBA Draft Lottery is tonight, and the Wolves ... don't care

Sergio Cook | 15 May, 2018, 22:35

The team with the highest lottery odds is guaranteed at top four pick and the team with the lowest odds will end up with the 14th pick unless it gets one of the top three picks.

Pat Williams, a co-founder of the Magic, intends to carry the toy into Chicago's Palmer House Hilton for Tuesday night's 2018 NBA Draft Lottery. It's one of the most ridiculous, one-sided deals in recent National Basketball Association history, and it's the reason why the Sacramento Kings do not have their first-round pick in 2019. Doncic would also be a nice fit next to Devin Booker in a league where every team wants multiple playmakers on the court at all times.

Due to a trade with the Boston Celtics past year to move up two spots in the draft in order to land Markelle Fultz at No. 1, Philadelphia could miss out on the Los Angeles pick if it happens to fall between 2-5.

Anyway, since the Kings are bad and tanking next season would accomplish nothing, they desperately need to strike gold in this year's draft. That trio of picks could bring on added significance this year with the 76ers/Celtics scenario: If Los Angeles' name isn't called early on, then we know its pick has moved to the top three.

The Magic is listed with an 8.8 percent chance of landing the No. 1 pick and a 29.1 percent chance of getting a top three pick.

Orlando Magic officials have brought all sorts of good luck charms with them to the NBA Draft Lottery the last five years.

The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired the Brooklyn Nets' pick in the Kyrie Irving trade with the Boston Celtics, who got that pick in a blockbuster with the Nets that included Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

The Knicks' chances are slim to land the No. 1 overall pick at only 1.7 percent. The Knicks are most likely to stick in the ninth spot, which is where they will be starting.

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