By the Numbers: Cavs' Draft Lottery


What players should the New York Knicks be considering selecting in June's NBA Draft?

That has the 76ers and Celtics following the bouncing balls of the Los Angeles Lakers, and has the Cavaliers as big fans of the lottery combinations of the Brooklyn Nets.

As the result of previous trades, the Lakers' lottery pick will go to either Philadelphia or Boston. Chance for top-three pick: 64.2 percent.

Over the final weeks of the 2017-18 season, a number of bottom-feeders shamelessly tanked to increase their chances of picking up more pingpong balls. The Celtics will get the pick if it winds up at No. 2 or No. 3.

Pistons keep this selection if it lands between No. 1 and No. 4. Their own pick was No. 19, but it was owed to Atlanta to complete a trade. Inasmuch as you believe in lucky totems, they probably can only do much good if they're present for the actual event in quetion.

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Heading into Tuesday, the Phoenix Suns have the best odds to land the No. 1 pick at 25 percent.

And then there is one more case where lottery luck could potentially change the immediate face of future East playoff races. But for the Magic, a team that desperately needs a talent infusion, nabbing a top-three pick this year would be crucial.

With such high stakes, the lottery often inspires superstition with teams looking to trinkets and charms to improve their chances of a lucky ball bounce. 4 through 14 based on reverse order of record.

9 ... Pre-lottery slot in the 2014 NBA Draft before winning the No. 1 pick just a few weeks earlier in the Lottery.

That's where Franz drops two names: Duke's Marvin Bagley III and Real Madrid's Luka Doncic.