Minnesota Timberwolves: NBA Draft Lottery Preview


The worst team has a 47.9 percent chance to fall to No. 5. Duke forward Zion Williamson is the presumed No. 1 pick to whoever wins the lottery. It flattened the odds at the top so that the worst three teams each have a 14% chance of the top pick.

There is another pick the Celtics will be keeping their eyes on.

The Mavs agreed to the deal with the stipulation that the pick be top five protected in 2019.

The Grizzlies now sit in the No. 8 spot in the lottery.

After a turbulent season that saw the franchise finish with its worst record in the last three seasons, the New Orleans Pelicans are hoping for some good fortune during the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery. That was because the first three picks were the only ones determined by the lottery. The lottery results will be unveiled at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN, with former Heat center and current vice president of player programs Alonzo Mourning representing the team on stage and Heat general manager Andy Elisburg working behind the scenes at the actual lottery before the picks are unveiled to the public.

The Spartanburg, South Carolina native swept every single National Player of the Year Award as well as being a consensus First Team All-American, while captivating the nation with his athletic ability and basketball awareness, in addition to his love and passion for the game. In the pre-2019 structure, the top seed had a 25 percent of winning the lottery, the second seed had a 19.9 percent and the third seed had a 15.6 percent. They all have a 14% chance at landing Zion Williamson.

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The Heat used its past two lottery picks on Bam Adebayo (No. 14 pick in 2017) and Justise Winslow (No. 10 in 2015).

The Celtics have plenty of possibilities Tuesday, but getting the No. 1 pick is not one of them.

Zion is the clear No. 1 overall player. The Cavaliers also overcame the odds in 2011 when it jumped from the eighth seed (2.8 percent chance) to the top pick, and the Bulls went from the ninth seed (1.7 percent chance) to the No. 1 pick in 2008.

The Rev. Anthony Sirianni told the New York Post a bevy of prayers might help the Knicks.

It also would not be ideal for the Grizzlies to get the No. 1 pick, because it would probably devalue the future first-round choice Boston will receive from Memphis.