NBA Draft lottery 2021, explained: Updated odds for every team to win the No. 1 overall pick
As the few remaining title contenders in the 2021 NBA playoffs battle for the right to hold the Larry O’Brien trophy, other teams are turning their attention to the league’s annual NBA Draft lottery.
Regardless of which franchise lands at the top of the 2021 NBA Draft board, the No. 1 selection will likely be Oklahoma State star Cade Cunningham, who has an elite combination of size, shooting and playmaking ability. There are other terrific prospects available beyond Cunningham, though, including Evan Mobley, Jalen Green and Jalen Suggs.
How will this year’s lottery drawing play out?
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 NBA Draft lottery, including the latest odds for every team involved.
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The 2021 NBA Draft lottery drawing will be conducted on Tuesday, June 22. You can watch the 2021 NBA Draft lottery on ESPN or stream it via the Watch ESPN app.
Under the 2021 format, the three worst teams (Rockets, Pistons and Magic) will each have a 14 percent chance of winning the lottery.
Here are each team’s lottery odds with the percent chances to land each pick (via Tankathon).
The NBA Draft lottery will determine the order of the top four draft picks this year. After the first four teams are locked in, the rest of the lottery order goes by inverse regular-season record. The actual lottery drawing procedure will occur before the ESPN broadcast, and the 2021 NBA Draft order will be announced shortly after.
Here’s the in-the-weeds explanation for the ping-pong ball drawing method, straight from the NBA:
Here are the representatives who will appear on camera for each lottery team.
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