Monday, 18 June, 2018

NBA teams look to the future with draft lottery, combine

Eight players who might fit the Cavs at No. 8 Eight players who might fit the Cavs at No. 8
Shannon Reynolds | 15 May, 2018, 15:55

There are 14 ping pong balls numbered 1-14 that are put in a glass drum.

A daughter's toy wooden pig.

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

Tuesday's event will unveil whether the Suns will pick first, second, third or fourth in the 2018 NBA Draft. The doll will sit close by.

9 ... Pre-lottery slot in the 2014 NBA Draft before winning the No. 1 pick just a few weeks earlier in the Lottery. The team has missed the playoffs for six consecutive seasons and is making its sixth consecutive trip to the lottery.

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With such high stakes, the lottery often inspires superstition with teams looking to trinkets and charms to improve their chances of a lucky ball bounce.

The draft lottery will be broadcasted by ESPN right before the tip-off of tonight's Game 2 matchup between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers. Many collegiate stars like DeAndre Ayton, Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley III, and more will be available in this year's draft.

The uncertainty surrounds the Los Angeles Lakers' first-round pick.

None of them bring with them as much hype as Shaquille O'Neal in 1992, Chris Webber in 1993 or LeBron James in 2003. (And some people know the results, this isn't a Schrodinger's lottery ball situation.) But while Dan Gilbert's kid remains the gold standard (back-to-back wins, although one was Anthony Bennett) the Orlando Magic are a strong contender this year, especially if you're a 90s kid.

This is done for the first three picks.

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