Why should Blazers fans care about this year’s crazy draft lottery?
Quick details on NBA Draft Lottery
A quick reminder on how it works:
--- Teams that don’t make the playoffs make it into the lottery.
--- Of course, the team with the worst record gets the highest probability of getting the No. 1 overall pick.
--- Only the top three picks are decided by the ping-pong balls.
--- The remaining slots are filled in based on worse records.
When: Tuesday, May 15, at 4:30 p.m.
The odds for the lottery teams
- Phoenix Suns (25.0%)
- Memphis Grizzlies (19.9%)
- Dallas Mavericks (13.8%)
- Atlanta Hawks (13.7%)
- Orlando Magic (8.8%)
- Chicago Bulls (5.3%)
- Sacramento Kings (5.3%)
- Cleveland Cavaliers, via Brooklyn Nets (2.8%)
- New York Knicks (1.7%)
- Philadelphia 76ers or Boston Celtics, via Los Angeles Lakers (1.1%)
- Charlotte Hornets (0.8%)
- Detroit Pistons or LA Clippers via Detroit Pistons (0.7%)
- Los Angeles Clippers (0.6%)
- Denver Nuggets (0.5%)
Blazers could have another plan to trade up
If you’ve been a big Blazer fan for a longtime, you already know Blazers owner Paul Allen is a big draft guy and we all know he enjoys being in the Blazers draft war room on draft day.
So here’s the thing--- what does Mr. Paul Allen have cooking this year?
It was just last year, Portland traded up to get into the lottery with at the 10th overall pick while trading the #15 and #20 selections to the Sacramento Kings.
And don’t forget, in 2006, the Blazers acquired the draft rights to second overall pick LaMarcus Aldridge from Chicago in exchange for the draft rights to Tyrus Thomas and Viktor Khryapa.
Thus, it is always important to keep an eye on the lottery for potential trade partners.
Watch the Lakers hand its top pick to either Boston or Philly
There’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers’ first-round pick. The Sixers acquired the pick when they sent Michael Carter-Williams to the Milwaukee Bucks back in February of 2015.
The Celtics will get the Lakers’ pick if it lands number 2 through 5. Philadelphia gets the Lakers’ pick if it lands at number 1 or numbers 6 through 14.
If the pick does in fact fall between number 2 through 5, and therefore goes to Boston, then the 76ers will get the Kings’ 2019 first-rounder unprotected (yes, Sacramento).
So, if nothing else… You can watch to see who the Lakers pick goes to and think about how Laker fans are feeling at the moment.
Ducks Troy Brown Jr. could be a lottery pick
Keep an eye on which lottery team may be looking for a young athletic small forward.
According to several mock drafts, Oregon small forward freshman Troy Brown Jr. is expected to go anywhere from pick 17 to 19, but if he has a good showing at the Combine this week and does well at team workouts you just never know how your draft stock can rise (or fall),
So the question will be could Troy Brown Jr. end up going to one of these lottery teams?
It is definitely possible.
Brown started in all of Oregon's games this season, but one when the Ducks played Boise State in early December. The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 11.9 points per game and 6.2 rebounds. Brown is a former five-star recruit according to 24/7 sports.
The Ducks have not had a first round pick since the 2007 draft when Aaron Brooks was selected by the Houston Rockets as the No. 26 overall pick.
Because it’s the lottery and it’s fun
No matter what team you root for during the regular season it’s always entertaining to find out who does well in the lottery and if a team can defy the odds and somehow get the top pick or top picks.
This year Blazers fans should keep an eye on how this lottery will affect the Western Conference with six teams from the WC and three of the those teams holding a big majority in receiving the top selections: 1.) Phoenix Suns (25.0%). 2.) Memphis Grizzlies (19.9%), and 3.) Dallas Mavericks (13.8%).
And honestly, who doesn’t love waiting for some unexpected outcome and watching how the teams’ lottery representatives react (especially the ones who are non-essential to the team and are somehow famous or are somehow…someway… entertaining.)
Yep, that has made the lottery pretty great as of late.