NBA draft lottery: Rockets, Pistons, Magic best chance for No. 1

2022-05-16 14:13
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The order of selections for the 2022 NBA Draft will be known Tuesday when the league conducts the lottery in Chicago.

The Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, and Detroit Pistons all have a 14 percent chance to draft No. 1 in this year's draft on June 23.

All three teams are guaranteed a top-five pick in the draft under the revised lottery rules put in place to guard against tanking.

Points this season

Points made: 109,7
Accuracy: 45,6%
Place in standings: 17
Record max: 146
Record min: 85
Best scorer: Christian Wood

Houston posted the league's worst regular-season record (20-62), behind Orlando (22-60) and Detroit (23-59). The Pistons selected Cade Cunningham as No. 1 in 2021.

Oklahoma City had 24 wins last season, netting the Thunder a 12 percent chance of taking the grand prize in the lottery Tuesday.

"I think you're going to see improvement this year and I think our big move is after this coming year," Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta said of his club's ongoing rebuild.

Regular-season records determined the order of selections from 15-30. The lottery system identifies the teams selecting in the top 14.

Houston, which selected Jalen Green No. 2 in 2021, also holds the No. 17 pick via trade from the Brooklyn Nets in next month's draft.

Green and Cunningham appear to be building blocks based on stellar rookie seasons. Cunningham backs Duke forward Paolo Banchero as the No. 1 pick, but he isn't a consensus top selection just yet. Auburn forward Jabari Smith and Gonzaga 7-footer Chet Holmgren are among the other prospects positioning to be the first player off the board.

Orlando fell to No. 5 in the 2021 lottery despite a 14 percent chance to get the top pick. The Magic selected Jalen Suggs (Gonzaga) with their first lottery pick since 2018.

The NBA draft combine is also in Chicago this week before the June 1 deadline for players to pull out of consideration and return to college.

Team/2021-22 record/Win%/Probability for No. 1 pick:

Houston 20-62 0.244 14.00%

Orlando 22-60 0.268 14.00%

Detroit 23-59 0.280 14.00%

Oklahoma City 24-58 0.293 12.50%

Indiana 25-57 0.305 10.50%

Portland 27-55 0.329 9.00%

Sacramento 30-52 0.366 7.50%

Los Angeles Lakers^33-49 0.402 6.00%

San Antonio 34-48 0.415 4.50%

Washington 35-47 0.427 3.00%

New York 37-45 0.451 2.00%

LA Clippers (to OKC)42-40 0.512 1.50%

Charlotte 43-39 0.524 1.00%

Cleveland 44-38 0.537 0.50%

The order for the remainder of the first-round picks is as follows:


15 New Orleans (to Charlotte)

16 Atlanta

17 Brooklyn (to Houston)

18 Chicago

19 Minnesota

20 Toronto (to San Antonio)

21 Denver

22 Utah (to Memphis)

23 Philadelphia^^

24 Milwaukee

25 Boston (to San Antonio)

26 Dallas

27 Miami

28 Golden State

29 Memphis

30 Phoenix (to Oklahoma City)

^ Pick conveyed either to New Orleans, or to Memphis via New Orleans

^^ Pick may be conveyed to Brooklyn

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