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2017 NBA Draft Lottery: How to Watch, Odds, Team Representatives

2017 NBA Draft Lottery: How to Watch, Odds, Team Representatives

The 2017 NBA Draft Lottery is upon us and the season is not even over yet.

Time to find out where the non-playoff teams will selecting come the draft on Thursday, June 22.

For the past two seasons, the team with the best odds (2015 Minnesota Timberwolves, 2016 Philadelphia 76ers) has gone on to claim the top pick. Both of those teams were to the worst team in the league at the end of the season. 

This year is a little bit different. After a trade with the Brooklyn Nets back in 2013, the Boston Celtics have the best odds at receiving that pick, which is odd considering they were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and just advanced to the Conference Finals

Don't always count on the lottery to be straight forward though. Before 2015, the NBA went 10 straight years without the team with the best odds receiving the top pick.

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2017 NBA DRAFT LOTTERY HOW TO WATCH:

What: 2017 NBA Draft Lottery
When: 8:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 16
Where: Hilton Midtown hotel, New York City, New York
TV Channel: ESPN
Online Stream: WatchESPN

2017 NBA DRAFT LOTTERY ODDS FOR EACH TEAM:

1. Boston Celtics, via Brooklyn (25.0%)
2. Phoenix Suns (19.9%)
3. Los Angeles Lakers (15.6%)
4. Philadelphia 76ers (11.9%)
5. Orlando Magic (8.8%)
6. Minnesota Timberwolves (5.3%)
7. New York Knicks (5.3%)
8. Sacramento Kings (2.8%)
9. Dallas Mavericks (1.7%)
10. New Orleans Pelicans (1.1%)
11. Charlotte Hornets (0.8%)
12. Detroit Pistons (0.7%)
13. Denver Nuggets (0.6%)
14. Miami Heat (0.5%)

RELATED: 2017 NBA MOCK DRAFT

REMAINING 2017 NBA DRAFT ORDER:

15. Portland Trailblazers
16. Chicago Bulls
17. Milwaukee Bucks
18. Indiana Pacers
19. Atlanta Hawks
20. Portland Trailblazers, via Memphis
21. Oklahoma City Thunder
22. Brooklyn Nets, via Washington
23. Toronto Raptors, via Clippers
24. Utah Jazz
25. Orlando Magic, via Toronto
26. Portland Trailblazers, via Cleveland
27. Brooklyn Nets, via Boston
28. Los Angeles Lakers, via Houston
29. San Antonio Spurs
30. Utah Jazz, via Golden State

DRAFT REPRESENTATIVES FOR EACH NBA TEAM:

• Celtics: Wyc Grousbeck (team owner)
• Suns: Devin Booker (player)
• Lakers: Magic Johnson (president of basketball operations)
• 76ers: Joel Embiid (player, former No. 1 pick)
• Magic: Frank Vogel (head coach)
• Timberwolves: Andrew Wiggins (player, former No. 1 pick)
• Knicks: Walt Frazier (broadcaster and team legend)
• Kings: Dave Joerger (head coach)
• Mavericks: Michael Finley (assistant vice president)
• Pelicans: Alvin Gentry (head coach)
• Hornets: Rich Cho (general manager)
• Pistons: Jeff Bower (general manager)
• Nuggets: Gary Harris (player)
• Heat: Alonzo Mourning (vice president of player programs)

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Jeff Green happy to reunite with head coach Scott Brooks on Wizards

Jeff Green happy to reunite with head coach Scott Brooks on Wizards

The city of Washington, where he grew up near and was a star in college at Georgetown University, isn't the only factor that makes joining the Wizards familiar for Jeff Green. He is also reuniting with his former coach, Scott Brooks, who now leads the Wizards.

Long ago, Brooks was cutting his teeth on the sidelines while Green was finding his way on the court. When Green was a rookie on the Seattle Supersonics in 2007, Brooks was a 42-year-old assistant coach. The team moved to Oklahoma City the following year and by late November of 2008, Brooks was the head coach after P.J. Carlesimo was fired.

Brooks helped oversee Green's first four seasons as an NBA player and Green remembers those days well.

"He looked way better than he does now," Green joked.

Brooks, now 53, has a knack for taking playful shots at those he works with, whether that be players, fellow coaches or the media. Green is clearly on that level and feels comfortable ribbing his head coach, knowing he can both dish it out and take it.

All jokes aside, Green is still appreciative of the tutelage he received from Brooks back in the day.

"Scotty was my No. 1 guy, he’s always been, but when I first stepped foot on an NBA floor, he was there for me. He was a coach with Seattle when I first got into the league," Green said.

The NBA has taken Brooks and Green to very different places in the seven years since they split ways. Green left for the Celtics and has since played for the Grizzlies, Clippers, Magic and most recently the Cavaliers. Brooks stuck around with OKC through the 2014-15 season before he was let go. After taking a year off, he joined the Wizards.

Much has changed in Brooks and Green's lives. They have lost and gained jobs. Their families have grown. Now, they are back on the same team and Green is excited about it.

"We’ve been close and tight ever since. We never lost contact. So, I’m looking forward to being coached by him again. I know he’s going to put us all in great positions to succeed. We just have to do our part on the floor," Green said.

Green spoke with Brooks on the phone before deciding to sign with the Wizards as a free agent in July. His presence was one of the many reasons he felt Washington was a good fit.

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NBA MVP odds are out, with some names missing

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NBA MVP odds are out, with some names missing

Bovada's 2018-19 NBA MVP odds were released, and there's a few head-scratchers on the list. 

First, let's keep in mind that these odds are to get you to place a bet more than anything. They want you to see something, and tempt you to throw your money at it.

That being said, John Wall comes in tied for 14th, while Bradley Beal doesn't show up on the list.

Now, let's look at who else was on the list over Beal.

Lonzo Ball has 100/1 odds to win MVP, DeMarcus Cousins who is still recovering from a torn Achilles, and  Kristaps Porzingis, recovering from a torn ACL also appear over Beal.

Just thinking out loud here, but that seems like maybe a bit of a stretch right?

Porzingis may not play at all for the Knicks this coming season, and Cousins is expected to miss months before making his debut in Golden State. 

Cousins also plays on a team with Steph Curry (15/1) and Kevin Durant (9/1). 

Also missing from the odds was Klay Thompson. So, yeah. 

New Raptor Kawhi Leonard also comes in at 11/1. 

2018-2019 - NBA MVP - Odds to Win

LeBron James                        10/3
Anthony Davis                         4/1
Giannis Antetokounmpo        9/2
James Harden                         11/2
Kevin Durant                            9/1
Kawhi Leonard                        11/1
Russell Westbrook                  14/1
Stephen Curry                         15/1
Joel Embiid                              16/1
Kyrie Irving                               16/1
Ben Simmons                           35/1
Damian Lillard                          45/1
Karl-Anthony Towns                50/1
DeMar DeRozan                       80/1
John Wall                                  80/1
Donovan Mitchell                     85/1
Jimmy Butler                            100/1
Nikola Jokic                              100/1
Victor Oladipo                          100/1
Chris Paul                                 100/1
LaMarcus Aldridge                   125/1
Paul George                              125/1
DeMarcus Cousins                   150/1
Gordon Hayward                      150/1
Jayson Tatum                           175/1
Blake Griffin                              225/1
Devin Booker                            275/1
Kristaps Porzingis                    275/1
Kyle Lowry                                325/1
Lonzo Ball                                 450/1

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