Barring an unexpected trade or an even more unexpected run, come June, the Pistons will draft in the lottery for the second straight year – their first back-to-back lottery appearance since 1993 and 1994. Hopefully, they won’t do this again next season, but at least last year prepared us.
For me, that means it’s time to dust off the lottery odds.
During the rest of the season, I’ll periodically update a chart showing every the odds of a team landing each pick. Unlike when I posted the odds last year using a team’s current record, I’m going to base the odds on John Hollinger’s projected final records.
You can mouse over any section of a bar and see which team it represents, that team’s seed and the odds of that team acquiring the given pick. You can also check and un-check teams on the right to narrow your view.
- The Jazz acquired the Nets’ first-round pick in the Deron Williams trade.
- The Cavaliers acquired the Clippers’ first-round pick in the Baron Davis trade.
- A team can’t fall more than three picks below its seed, and the odds of a low seed falling that far are extremely low. Because I used an odds sheet that shows just three decimal places, if a team has a less than 0.1 percent chance of landing a pick, that won’t show on the chart.
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