NBA Draft: A Look Ahead to the 2019 Lottery

The NBA playoffs are in full swing and it’s looking like anyone can win it with the Warriors struggling. Even if you’re team is in the playoffs, you’ll be looking at this year’s NBA Draft Lottery to see who gets the most highly touted college basketball player, Zion Williamson. However, keep in mind that the NBA Board of Governors approved changes to the lottery system on Sept. 28, 2017. In fact, those will be implemented for the 2019 NBA Draft. Under the new rules, the lottery will ensure that the team with the worst record will receive no worse than the fifth pick. Before, the team with the worst record would pick no lower than fourth. In saying that, below are the odds each team has of getting the top pick. Also, the top three worst teams in the NBA had different odds. Now, it’s even at 14%.

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New York Knicks 14%
Cleveland Cavaliers 14%
Phoenix Suns 14%
Chicago Bulls 12.5%
Atlanta Hawks 10.5%
Washington Wizards 9%
New Orleans Pelicans 6%
Memphis Grizzlies 6%
Dallas Mavericks 6%
Minnesota Timberwolves 3%
Los Angeles Lakers 2%
Charlotte Hornets 1%
Miami Heat 1%
Sacramento Kings 1%

Protected Picks

What should be noted is that several picks are protected in this year’s NBA Draft. The Memphis pick is a protected top 8 by the Celtics, the Mavericks pick is a protected top 5 and will most likely go to the Hawks since they have little chance at a top 5 pick. The Sacramento pick is a confusing trade, if their pick falls on its protected selection, then Philadelphia will receive the Sacramento pick and Boston will receive the Philadelphia pick. Since the Kings did better than people expected, they will more than likely get their pick since they are at a 1% chance. The thing to also look for is which NBA team Zion is the best fit among the top three; Phoenix, Cleveland and New York?

What do you think of the NBA Draft Lottery? Are there any holes in the new system? Leave a comment if you think so.

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