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2014 NBA Draft Lottery




| May 20, 2014

NBA Draft LotteryFollowing are the results from the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery conducted this evening at the Disney/ABC Times Square Studio. The Cleveland Cavaliers, who had a 1.7 percent chance of obtaining the first selection, will have the first overall pick in NBA Draft 2014, which will be held in Brooklyn at Barclays Center on Thursday, June 26, 2014.


1. Cleveland
2. Milwaukee
3. Philadelphia
4. Orlando
5. Utah
6. Boston
7. LA Lakers
8. Sacramento
9. Charlotte (From Detroit)
10. Philadelphia (From New Orleans)
11. Denver
12. Orlando (From New York via Denver)
13. Minnesota
14. Phoenix

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: "How lucky can one team be? Only one other team has won back-to-back lotteries (Orlando in 1992 and 1993) and no team has had a run like this in the lottery, winning three times in four years. That doesn't count winning in 2003, which landed LeBron James. A weighted lottery is not designed for these kinds of outcomes, in fact it's designed to prevent this, but the Cavs keep overcoming the odds."

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: "Bucks general manager John Hammond and assistant general manager David Morway sat in the audience and sweated out the live telecast on ESPN. An audible gasp went up when it was clear the Cavaliers — who grabbed Kyrie Irving first in 2011 and Anthony Bennett with the top pick in 2013 — again had the No. 1 choice. "What's up with that is a team in our division has had the No. 1 pick three out of the last four years," Hammond said. "But we go home excited and happy with the No. 2 pick." Hammond said he was relieved not to fall back the maximum number of spots to fourth. "I still feel confident if that would have happened we would have gotten a very good player," Hammond said. "But I feel much better being at 2 rather than 4. "With the second pick, that player is not going to face the pressure of the No. 1 pick. You know what goes along with that. It can be very difficult at times."

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: The Sixers finished third in the NBA draft lottery for the third time in franchise history on Tuesday night and collected the 10th pick as well. "You get two lottery picks, plus [sidelined rookie center] Nerlens [Noel] coming back plus the rookie of the year" in Michael Carter-Williams, Sixers CEO Scott O'Neil said. "We couldn't be happier. "We had a 55 percent chance to get a top-three pick. We got it. Look at [general manager] Sam Hinkie's track record. . . . We're thrilled."

The Orlando Sentinel reports: "What a letdown for the Magic. Even after a horrid season filled with loss after loss after loss, Orlando probably won’t be in a position to select one of the draft’s three most coveted players: Kansas swingman Andrew Wiggins, Duke swingman Jabari Parker or Kansas center Joel Embiid. “Never a dull moment, that’s for sure,” Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said after the ceremony ended. “Certainly we would have liked to have seen the highest number possible for us. I think all the teams would. But we like where we’re sitting. We feel like we can get a good player, and we feel like we’ve got our work cut out for us here the next couple of weeks to figure out exactly who that is.”


The 2014 NBA Draft Lottery will be held at Times Square Studios in New York on Tuesday, May 20 and will be televised on ESPN at approximately 8 p.m. EDT. The 30th annual edition of the NBA Draft Lottery will determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2014 NBA Draft.

Fourteen ping-pong balls numbered 1 through 14 will be placed in a drum. There are 1,001 possible combinations when four balls are drawn out of 14, without regard to their order of selection. Prior to the lottery, 1,000 of those 1,001 combinations will be assigned to the 14 participating lottery teams.

The Milwaukee Bucks finished the season with the NBA’s worst record (15-67), so they will be assigned the first 250 combinations. The Phoenix Suns, the best team in the lottery at 48-34, will have only five combinations out of 1,000.

Four balls will be drawn to the top to determine a four-digit combination. The team that has been assigned that combination will receive the number one pick. The four balls are placed back in the drum and the process is repeated to determine the number two and three picks. (Note: If the one unassigned combination is drawn, the balls are drawn to the top again.)

The order of selection for the teams that do not win one of the top three picks will be determined by inverse order of their regular season record. Thus, Milwaukee can pick no lower than fourth, Philadelphia (19-63) no lower than fifth and Orlando (23-59) no lower than sixth.

The actual Lottery procedure will take place in a separate room just prior to the national broadcast on ESPN with select media, NBA officials and representatives of the participating teams and the accounting firm of Ernst & Young in attendance.

Following the drawing, team logo cards will be inserted into envelopes marked 1 through 14 by an Ernst & Young representative. These envelopes then will be sealed and brought on-stage, where the announcement of the Lottery results will be made by NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum. A second representative from each participating team will be seated on-stage. Neither the Deputy Commissioner nor the team representatives will be informed of the Lottery results prior to the opening of the envelopes.

The team whose logo is in the last envelope opened will pick first in NBA Draft 2014, to be held on Thursday, June 26 at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. attends the NBA Draft Lottery each year, and will report the results.

The following are the 14 teams in 2014 NBA Draft Lottery who did not qualify for the 2014 NBA Playoffs. Each team will be assigned a certain number of combinations out of 1,000. The third column below lists the number of combinations each team will have in the NBA Draft Lottery. The three columns on the right list the percentage chances that each team will have of getting the 1st, 2nd or 3rd pick.

2014 NBA Draft Lottery Probabilities

Team 		Record 	Chances 1st Pick	2nd Pick 	3rd Pick

Milwaukee 	15-67 	250 	25.00%		21.49% 		17.75%

Philadelphia 	19-63 	199 	19.90% 		18.80% 		17.10%

Orlando 	23-59 	156 	15.60% 		15.73% 		15.56%

Utah 		25-57 	104 	10.40% 		11.20% 		12.09%

Boston 		25-57 	103 	10.30% 		11.11% 		12.01%

LA Lakers 	27-55 	63 	6.30% 		7.09% 		8.10%

Sacramento	28-54 	43 	4.30% 		4.94% 		5.78%

Detroit 	29-53 	28 	2.80% 		3.26% 		3.88%

Cleveland 	33-49 	17 	1.70% 		2.00% 		2.41%

New Orleans 	34-48 	11 	1.10% 		1.30% 		1.58%

Denver 		36-46 	8 	0.80% 		0.95% 		1.15%

*New York 	37-45 	7 	0.70% 		0.83% 		1.01%

Minnesota 	40-42 	6 	0.60% 		0.71% 		0.87%

Phoenix 	48-34 	5 	0.50% 		0.59% 		0.72%

* To Denver or to Orlando via Denver

History of NBA Draft Lottery's Development
May 19, 2014

The NBA Board of Governors, meeting in Salt Lake City in June of 1984, voted to adopt a lottery system among the nonplayoff teams to determine their order of selection in the first round of the NBA Draft beginning in 1985.

From 1966 through 1984, the teams that finished with the worst records in each conference participated in a coin flip to determine which team would draft first. The remaining teams picked in inverse order of their wonlost records. Under the system adopted prior to the 1985 NBA Draft, the NBA Lottery determines the order of selection for the nonplayoff teams (or the teams holding their picks through trades) for the first round only. Teams pick in inverse order of their records in the second round (or, prior to the draft being reduced to two rounds in 1989, in all succeeding rounds).

Under a procedural change adopted by the Board of Governors in April of 1986, the Lottery determines the order of selection for the first three teams only. The remaining nonplayoff teams select in inverse order of their regular season records. Therefore, the team with the worst record in the league is assured of picking no worse than fourth, the team with the secondworst record no worse than fifth and so on.

In a further refinement in October of 1989, the Board of Governors adopted a weighted system beginning with the 1990 NBA Draft Lottery, which included 11 teams due to expansion. The team with the worst record during the regular season received 11 chances at the top pick (out of a total of 66), the secondworst team got 10 chances and the team with the best record among the nonplayoff clubs got one chance.

The Board of Governors approved a modification of the Lottery system in November of 1993 that, effective with the 1994 NBA Draft Lottery, increased the chances of the teams with the worst records in the league winning one of the top three picks in the draft while decreasing the lottery chances of the teams with the best records. The new system increased the chances of the team with the worst record drawing the first pick in the draft from 16.7 percent to 25 percent, while decreasing the chances of the team with the best record among lottery teams from 1.5 percent to 0.5 percent.

Under the system, 14 pingpong balls numbered 1 through 14 are placed in a drum. There are 1,001 possible combinations when four balls are drawn out of 14, without regard to their order of selection. Prior to the Lottery, 1,000 combinations are assigned to the Lottery teams based on their order of finish during the regular season. Four balls are drawn to the top to determine a four- digit combination. The team that has been assigned that combination will receive the number one pick. The four balls are placed back in the drum and the process is repeated to determine the number two and three picks. (Note: If the one unassigned combination is drawn, the balls are drawn to the top again.)

In October of 1995, the Board of Governors increased the number of teams participating in the Lottery from 11 to 13 to account for the addition of expansion teams Toronto and Vancouver. Starting in 1996, the team with the worst record in the Lottery continued to have a 25% chance of winning the first pick, teams two through six have slightly fewer chances, team seven has the same number of chances and teams eight through 12 have slightly more chances. The number of chances for team 13 did not change.

The 2004 NBA Draft Lottery increased to 14 teams with the addition of the Charlotte Bobcats. The Bobcats, as part of their expansion agreement were locked into the fourth position in the 2004 Draft and therefore did not have a chance to receive other picks in the Lottery. The 2014 NBA Draft Lottery decides picks one through 14 and the chances are below for each teams odds to receive the number one selection in the 2014 NBA Draft.


Team 1: 250
Team 2: 199
Team 3: 156
Team 4: 119
Team 5: 76
Team 6: 75
Team 7: 43
Team 8: 28
Team 9: 17
Team 10: 11
Team 11: 8
Team 12: 7
Team 13: 6
Team 14: 5

Note: Tied teams split the number of chances and a blind draw determines which team receives an extra chance if the combined number of chances can not be split evenly.

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