NBA Lottery Odds and how the Lottery works
- 2002, the Warriors has the best odds and landed the #3 pick, while the Rockets snuck up from the #5 spot
- 2003, Cleveland had the best odds and landed the #1 pick
- 2004, Orlando had the best odds and landed the #1 pick
- 2005, Atlanta had the best odds and landed the #2 pick, while the Bucks snuck up from the #6 spot
- 2006, Portland had the best odds and landed the #4 pick, while the Raptors snuck up from the #5 spot
- 2007, Memphis had the best odds and landed the #4 pick, while the Trail Blazers snuck up from the #6 spot
- 2008, Miami had the best odds and landed the #2 pick, while the Bulls snuck up from the #9 spot
- 2009, Sacramento had the best odds and landed the #4 pick, while the Clippers snuck up from the #3 spot
- 2010, New Jersey had the best odds and landed the #3 pick, while the Wizards snuck up from the #5 spot
- 2011, Minnesota had the best odds and landed the #2 pick, while the Cavaliers snuck up from the #2 spot
28 teams have made a lottery selection in the last 10 drafts. The only teams NOT to own a lottery pick are the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks. Golden State and the Clippers have each made 9 draft choices in the 1-14 slots. These two teams have made such poor draft picks, that it is difficult to even put together a roster of 12 of the 18 players they have drafted over the last 10 seasons, but I tried:
PG: Stephon Curry, Shaun Livingston
SG: Eric Gordon, Klay Thompson
SF: Mickael Pietrus, Mike Dunleavy, Al-Farouq Aminu
PF: Blake Griffin, Ekpe Udoh, Anthony Randolph
C: Chris Kaman, Andris Biedrins
Could that roster compete in today's NBA?
Right behind those two franchises, the Charlotte Bobcats and Minnesota Timberwolves have each made 8 lottery picks. The Bucks, Thunder/Supersonics, and Raptors have each picked 7 times and the Bulls, Grizzlies, and Jazz have each selected 6 lottery players. Every other team in the NBA has had 5 or fewer lottery picks in the past decade.
The Miami Heat have drafted well with their three lottery picks in Dwayne Wade, Caron Butler and Michael Beasley. The turned Butler in Shaq and an NBA Championship, and Michael Beasley into LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
The Boston Celtics have officially made two lottery picks, but traded Randy Foye and Jeff Green in back to back drafts.
The Los Angeles Lakers lone lottery pick was a steal. Andrew Bynum was passed on by 9 other franchises before falling to the Lakers in 2005. Bynum is now one of the top Centers in all of basketball.
Tonight will bring a lot of excitement for some and disappointment for many.