The ping pong balls did not bounce the Wizards' way in Tuesday's NBA Draft Lottery. In fact, they bounced very, very far out of Washington's favor, handing them the No. 9 overall pick

Just how unlikely was that outcome for the Wizards? This year's lottery gave them 3.7-percent odds to land the ninth pick and 0.2-percent odds at the tenth pick.

In other words, roughly 96 times out of 100, the Wizards would have ended up with a higher pick than they did tonight. 

To make matters worse, the Wizards were reportedly very close to landing the top-overall pick and the chance to draft Zion Williamson. 

For those keeping track, the Wizards had almost three times the likelihood of drawing the top pick (9 percent) as the ninth pick (3.7 percent). 

Add the lottery results to the list of things that have gone wrong for D.C. sports since the Capitals won the Stanley Cup. In the last year, Bryce Harper left the Nationals; John Wall ruptured his Achilles tendon; Alex Smith suffered a compound fracture to his leg; and the Capitals were knocked out in the first round of the NHL Playoffs. 

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