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.
The odds not in @WashWizards favor tonight picking #1. They had a 3.7% chance to get the 9th pick.— Chris Miller 🎥🎙🏀 (@cmillsnbcs) May 15, 2019
The Wizards had a 96% chance of not picking 9 or 10. I hate everything— danny rouhier (@funnydanny) May 15, 2019
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.
After the first 3 of 4 lottery numbers were drawn, the Pelicans had the most winning combinations, followed by the Wizards. In the room, Washington's Tommy Shepherd tracked numbers & knew exactly how close franchise came to winning the Zion draft. Later, he declined comment.— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 15, 2019
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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