NBA Draft Lottery: 5 Fast Facts
Before the balls start bouncing in the annual NBA draft lottery tonight (7 p.m. ET on ESPN), here are five fast facts you should know.
1. With a 25 percent chance, the Milwaukee Bucks have the best odds to win the No. 1 pick. The Philadelphia 76ers (19.9 percent) and Orlando Magic (15.6 percent) have the next-best opportunities.
2. Since the draft lottery changed to its present format in 1994, the team with (or tied for) the best odds has landed the No. 1 pick just three times in 20 years -- the 76ers in 1996, the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003 and the Orlando Magic in 2004. Oddly, teams with the third- and fifth-best odds have won the most lotteries -- four times each.
3. Of the 13 teams in the 2014 lottery, the Cavaliers have received the top pick the most times at five (1971, 1986, 2003, 2011, 2013). The Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns have never had the No. 1 selection.
4. The Los Angeles Lakers are in the lottery for just the third time in history. They got the 10th pick in both 1994 and 2005.
5. Despite 19-year-old headliners Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, 2014 has the lowest number of underclassmen declaring for the draft since 2003. Forty-five underclassmen declared, one fewer than last year and 35 fewer than the record 80 in 2010.