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How Warriors' standings position affects 2020 NBA Draft Lottery odds

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How Warriors' standings position affects 2020 NBA Draft Lottery odds

Editor's note: Grant Liffmann (@grantliffmann) is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders, which airs on NBC Sports Bay Area an hour after every game. Each week, Grant will drop his Outsider Observations on the State of the Dubs.

The big dilemma that Warriors fans are facing right now is whether or not they want to see the team win for immediate satisfaction, or lose for the purpose of long-term success.

To many, the pros outweigh the cons to see the Warriors finish at the bottom of the standings in order to get a high -- if not the highest -- draft pick. With one of the top selections, the Warriors could trade for a star player or draft a prospect who they think will carry them into the next decade once Steph Curry and the current core retire.

Unlike baseball or football, the 14 teams that miss the playoffs take part in a draft lottery, rather than picking strictly based on the worst to best record. After some changes to the lottery structure beginning in last year's draft, the worst record in the NBA no longer solely has the best odds to win the No. 1 pick. The odds to land the top slot goes as follows:

Worst record: 14 percent
Second-worst record: 14 percent
Third-worst: 14 percent
Fourth-worst: 12.5 percent
Fifth-worst: 10.5 percent
Sixth-worst: 9 percent
Seventh-worst: 7.5 percent
Eighth-worst: 6 percent
Ninth-worst: 4.5 percent
10th-worst: 3 percent
11th-worst: 2 percent
12th-worst: 1.5 percent
13th-worst: 1 percent
14th-worst: 0.5 percent

Finishing with the fourth-, fifth- or sixth-worst sill has solid odds in comparison to the bottom three. It's very possible that's where the Warriors (5-20) end up, despite currently owning the NBA's second-worst record. 

The New York Knicks (4-19) and Cleveland Cavaliers (5-18) continue to struggle, while the Atlanta Hawks (6-17) and Memphis Grizzlies (7-16) both will finish at the bottom of the standings despite boasting a lot of young talent. The Washington Wizards (7-15), Chicago Bulls (8-17) and Zion Williamson-less New Orleans Pelicans (6-18) have all underwhelmed, and the Warriors are going to be in this mix if their slow start is any indication.

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The Warriors are getting healthier, however, which should help them compete and potentially even surprise a few teams. While that might disappoint the fans that desperately want the team to finish with the best odds at the top pick, plenty are looking for entertainment and competitive basketball should be encouraged.

But at the end of the season, the Warriors likely are going to finish at, or near, the bottom of the standings, and their odds of landing the top pick in the 2020 NBA Draft will be high. 

Klay Thompson 'winged' his Washington State jersey retirement speech

Klay Thompson 'winged' his Washington State jersey retirement speech

PULLMAN, Wash. -- When Klay Thompson took the microphone for his jersey retirement ceremony at Washington State University, he spoke from the heart. No notecards, no wrinkled piece of paper. Just a smile on his face and the confident words of a man at ease, at home in Pullman.

“Hopefully I’m with the Warriors for the rest of my career, “ Klay exclaimed to a crowd of 10,380 at Beasley Coliseum, the largest crowd for a basketball game in the state of Washington since Klay’s junior year in 2011. “But I will always be a Coug.”

Klay got choked up twice -- when he mentioned his grandpa Jerry, who watched his games “sitting 12 rows up” until his death in 2017, and when he hugged his mother, Julie, after his No. 1 rose to the rafters. 

He’s a natural at public speaking, despite being reluctant to take the mic or be on camera in ordinary circumstances. 

“I winged it,” Klay said about his speech. “I knew Public Speaking 102 would come in handy.” He paused a beat and added, “I hated that class.”

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Check out some of the sights and sounds from Klay’s ceremony.

Warriors vs. Magic live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

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Warriors vs. Magic live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

After spending the afternoon celebrating fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson getting his collegiate jersey retired in Pullman, Washington, Warriors guard Steph Curry will be making his sideline analyst debut.

Curry will join the NBC Sports Bay Area broadcast of Saturday’s matchup between the Warriors and Orlando Magic at Chase Center, jumping on during the third quarter.

He likely won’t be talking much about Draymond Green, as the former Defensive Player of the Year will not play against Orlando after suffering a finger sprain in Thursday night’s loss to the Denver Nuggets. Rookie Eric Paschall will start in Green's place.

For the Magic, point guard Michael Carter-Williams returns after missing 13 games with an AC joint sprain in his left shoulder.

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Here’s how to watch Saturday night’s Warriors-Magic game:

When: Saturday, Jan. 18 at 5:30 p.m. PT, pregame begins at 4:30 p.m.
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live stream: MyTeams App

Live stream all your Warriors games and get the latest news and analysis on the MyTeams App.