Tuesday, May 17, 2011

NBA Draft Order 2011: How Does the NBA Draft Lottery Work?

(The 2011 NBA Draft Order will be decided tonight when the friendly ping pong balls drop for the worst 14 teams in the league in the annual NBA Draft Lottery. ?Leading? the way are the Minnesota Timberwolves, who had the worst record in the league last season and have a 25% chance of getting the first pick. Stay with Bleacher Report as we track the latest news, reaction and speculation for the NBA Draft, which will be held next month.)

So for the conspiracy theorists out there who still believe NBA Commissioner David Stern somehow knew which envelope to pick to ensure that the New York Knicks ended up with Patrick Ewing back in 1985 -- was the envelope slightly torn somewhere? bent? was it cold from being stuck in a freezer? -- the NBA Draft Lottery is now conducted with ping pong balls.

Fourteen balls representing the 14 teams who did not make the NBA playoffs are put into a lottery machine, with the numbers 1-14 on them. Four balls are chosen with a possible 1,001 potential combinations that can come out. Each team is pre-assigned a certain number of combinations based on their respective record. The worst team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, gets the most combinations.

According to Pro Basketball Talk, here are the draft percentages:

1. Minnesota TImberwolves, 25 percent chance of getting the top pick (250 combinations)
2. Cleveland Cavaliers, 19.9 percent chance
3. Toronto Raptors, 15.6 percent chance
4. Washington, 11.9 percent chance
5. Sacramento Kings, 8.8 percent chance
6. Utah Jazz (from Nets), 6.3 percent chance
7. Detroit Pistons, 4.3% chance
8. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Clippers), 2.8 percent chance
9. Charlotte Bobcats, 1.7 percent chance
10. Milwaukee Bucks, 1.1 percent chance
11. Golden State Warriors, 0.8 percent chance
12. Utah Jazz, 0.7 percent chance
13. Phoenix Suns, 0.6 percent chance
14. Houston Rockets, 0.5% chance

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