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Trivia Tuesday: NBA Lottery picks from non-power schools

15 May 2018

The team has missed the playoffs for six consecutive seasons and is making its sixth consecutive trip to the lottery.

The NBA Draft Lottery is theater at its finest, rivaled only by the World Cup draw in terms of mining drama out of the selection of ping pong balls.

They Celtics have successfully built teams in every way possible, but every single top core has always involved at least one top player being draft, and leading the team in a special way.

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They have the seventh-best odds to win the lottery (5.3 percent), and they have an 18.3 percent chance to get a top-three pick. We've given you their draft year and the college for which they played. That trio of picks could bring on added significance this year with the 76ers/Celtics scenario: If Los Angeles' name isn't called early on, then we know its pick has moved to the top three. There are 1,000 combinations that are used and the combination of 11-12-13-14 is not used, so if it is drawn for one of the picks, they draw again to determine which team gets that pick. But even he would readily acknowledge how important the lottery is to the Magic, a franchise in need of a jump-start. The team will have an 8.4 percent chance of receiving the seventh pick and a 0.4 percent chance of receiving the eighth pick. They have a 2.8 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick, and a 9.9. percent chance of moving up to the top three.

That said, Cleveland won the 2011 NBA Draft with a pick from the Los Angeles Clippers that had - you guessed it - a 2.8 percent chance of doing so. If it's No. 1 or it doesn't rise, the Philadelphia 76ers will have the pick. The selection is most likely going to land at No. 10 and in addition to that, the Sixers own their pick at No. 26.