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When is the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery? Date, Time, TV Channel, Online Stream, Draft Order

When is the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery? Date, Time, TV Channel, Online Stream, Draft Order

While there are a select few NBA teams still competing for an NBA Championship, several franchises have wrapped up their 2018-19 season and turned their sights onto the NBA Draft, and with it the NBA Draft Lottery. 

No players will be selected during the lottery; no team's future is decided. There will be no trades and not even every team will participate. It simply states the draft order based on a flurry of ping pong balls. Still, it is one of the most intriguing dates on the NBA's calendar.

The 2019 NBA Draft Lottery tips off the offseason's festivities on Tuesday, May 14, even though some teams will still be competing. Teams will then know their fate and can begin preparing for the upcoming NBA Draft. 

Only the 14 teams that did not play in the postseason will partake in the NBA Draft Lottery.

The 2019 NBA Draft Lottery will be televised live on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. ET. From 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., tune into our "Wizards On The Clock" lottery special on NBC Sports Washington and the MyTeams app. Our live coverage will continue exclusively on the MyTeams app from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET.

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When is the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery?

The 2019 NBA Draft Lottery is Tuesday, May 14. This event sets up the draft order for the 2019 NBA Draft one month later on June 20. 

This year's draft lottery will be hosted by the Chicago Bulls in Chicago, IL.

What is the NBA Draft Lottery?

The NBA Draft Lottery is a process to determine the draft order for the non-playoff teams in the upcoming NBA Draft. Based on a team's record in the 2018-19 regular season, they receive odds to land certain picks in the draft. 

This year there is a new system factoring in the pick order. The worst three teams in the NBA all will have the same odds (14 percent) to get the top pick in the draft. This is the first year under this structure is used to prevent teams from entirely tanking at the end of the year. The odds descend from there as the teams' records get better in relation to their placement in the standings. 

The worst team, the New York Knicks (17-65), is guaranteed to have a top-five pick. 

After the first four picks are revealed, the following picks from No. 5 through No. 14 will be selected by the inverse of the league standings. 

How to watch or stream the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery:

Live coverage of the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery is provided by ESPN on Tuesday, May 14 at 8:30 p.m. ET. 

You can also stream the draft on the ESPN or WatchESPN apps. 


What are the Wizards Lottery Odds?

The Wizards only have one draft pick this year and that is their First Round selection. They have a 9.0 percent chance at the No. 1 pick, the sixth best in the league. Also, they have a 9.2 percent chance for pick No. 2, 9.4 percent for pick No. 3, and 9.6 percent at No. 4. 

Washington will have a top-10 pick or better based on their record and odds. 

NBA Draft Lottery Probabilities:

1. New York Knicks (17-65) - 14 percent
2. Cleveland Cavaliers (19-63) - 14 percent
3. Phoenix Suns (19-63) - 14 percent
4. Chicago Bulls (22-60) - 12.5 percent
5. Atlanta Hawks (29-53) - 10.5 percent
6. Washington Wizards (32-50) - 9 percent
7. New Orleans Pelicans (33-49) - 6 percent
8. Memphis Grizzlies (33-49) - 6 percent
9. Dallas Mavericks (33-49) - 6 percent
10. Minnesota Timberwolves (36-46) - 3 percent
11. Los Angeles Lakers (37-45) - 2 percent
12. Charlotte Hornets (39-43) - 1 percent
13. Miami Heat (39-43) - 1 percent
14. Sacramento Kings (39-43) - 1 percent


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Why the Wizards chose Tommy Sheppard as their new general manager

Why the Wizards chose Tommy Sheppard as their new general manager

The process took nearly four months, yet the Wizards ultimately didn't look far for their new general manager, as the team is removing the interim tag from Tommy Sheppard. The longtime NBA executive will now finally get a chance to run his own operation.

Sheppard may not have been the first choice among fans initially when it was announced he would fill in for Ernie Grunfeld, who was dismissed from his post as team president on April 2, but over the past few months he has acclimated himself well, showing in many ways he is prepared to lead a team as the top person in charge. He cleaned up the Wizards' salary cap situation as best he could, giving them some newfound financial flexibility beyond next season.

Sheppard did that while flooding the roster with young, cheap and high-upside players. And he did so by making some tough decisions, ones that helped demonstrate he can provide an organizational reset despite his role in the previous regime. 

Sheppard allowed Tomas Satoransky to walk in free agency despite being central in bringing him to the Wizards, first by scouting him overseas and then by convincing him to join the NBA ranks. He let Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker leave even though he was part of the braintrust that traded for them. And he traded Dwight Howard, again despite playing a role in bringing him to Washington.

Sheppard has operated with impartiality when the team needed him to. What he has done this offseason looks a lot like it probably would have if the Wizards had hired someone from the outside.

How Sheppard navigated the Wizards through the draft and free agency was central in why managing partner Ted Leonsis decided to elevate him to the long-term post. The last several weeks were treated as a "trial run," according to a person familiar with the process.

Sheppard worked closely with the team's ownership group, giving them written proposals for his plans that addressed goals, budget and contingencies. It was a collaborative effort to make the Wizards' roster younger, cheaper and harder working. They also set out to add more international players and accomplished that by drafting Rui Hachimura and by trading for Davis Bertans, Moe Wagner and Isaac Bonga.

Sheppard impressed Leonsis especially during the effort to re-sign Thomas Bryant. Bryant has become a favorite of Leonsis' for his consistent effort, character and enthusiasm. Sheppard and the Wizards were able to agree with Bryant on a new contract the night free agency began. It was quick and painless.

Sheppard himself will be signing a new contract, NBC Sports Washington was told. And there will be major changes to the organizational structure announced this coming week. In the basketball operations side, the team will heavily expand their investment in analytics, by "triple" according to a person familiar with their plans. They will also beef up their scouting department with an eye on Africa and Latin America.

Sheppard has done a nice job for the Wizards but the real work in many ways about to begin. Dismantling an NBA roster is not as difficult as building a contender. Now he has to find pieces to build around John Wall and Bradley Beal that can help the team win something of substance. 

Sheppard will have to do that within the constraints of Wall's supermax contract. And he will have to sort out Beal's future, which could take a turn later this month. 

On July 26, the Wizards can officially offer Beal a contract extension worth approximately $111 million over three years. But there is a long list of clues that suggest he will not take the offer.

How Sheppard, Beal and the Wizards handle the fallout in the event he turns them down would be a test in itself. Maybe they spin it simply as Beal betting on himself. If he makes All-NBA next season, he could make well over $200 million with a five-year supermax.

For Sheppard, the hard work is about to start. He is set to guide the Wizards into a new era, one he and the team hope can reach a higher peak than the last.


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A timeline of Tommy Sheppard's moves as interim Wizards GM

A timeline of Tommy Sheppard's moves as interim Wizards GM

The Wizards are naming Tommy Sheppard their permanent GM after he served in the role on an interim basis since April 2. 

Let's take a look back at the moves which earned Sheppard the long-term GM job:

April 2: The Wizards fire GM Ernie Grunfeld. Tommy Sheppard takes over the role on an interim basis. 

June 20: The Wizards select Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura with the No. 9 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Later in the evening, Washington acquires Jonathan Simmons and the draft rights to Tennessee forward Admiral Schofield from the Philadelphia 76ers. Simmons was placed on waivers on July 7.

July 5: The Wizards acquire Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga, and Jemerrio Jones, and a 2022 second-round draft pick as part of the deal which sent Anthony Davis to the Lakers. 

July 6: The Wizards trade Dwight Howard to the Grizzlies in exchange for C.J. Miles and acquire Davis Bertans from the Spurs in a three-team deal with Brooklyn and San Antonio, sending the draft rights of Aaron White to the Nets. 

July 7: The Wizards re-sign center Thomas Bryant on a three-year deal and trade guard Tomas Satoransky to the Bulls for a 2020 second-round pick.

July 9: The Wizards sign guard Ish Smith to a two-year deal.

July 10: The Wizards sign guard Isaiah Thomas to a one-year deal.