Unseld Jr. to represent Wizards at draft lottery


The Wizards will send head coach Wes Unseld Jr. to Tuesday's NBA Draft Lottery in Chicago, the team announced via their Twitter account. Washington holds the 10th-best odds with a 3% likelihood of landing the No. 1 overall pick.

It's the first time the Wizards are in the lottery since 2020 when they received the ninth pick and drafted Deni Avdija. Their representative that night was Rui Hachimura, their first-round pick from the year before.

Others who have represented the Wizards at the draft lottery in recent years include star players like Bradley Beal and John Wall plus executives like Zach Leonsis and Raul Fernandez. Former owner Irene Pollin famously represented them in 2010 when they secured the No. 1 overall pick and the opportunity to draft Wall.

The Wizards have a 13.9% chance of selecting in the top-4 with their highest likelihood to pick 10th, at 65.9%. The highest odds to get the No. 1 pick this year are held by the Rockets, Magic and Pistons who all have a 14% of picking first.

The last time the Wizards moved up in the lottery was 2013 when they had the eighth-best odds. They moved up five spots to pick third and select Otto Porter Jr.


Unseld Jr. just completed his first year as the Wizards' head coach. He was hired last June and led them to a 35-47 record in his rookie season.