Every season, it seems as if there is some type of significant change to the NBA Draft Lottery and this year is no different. Be it a new time, new date or new venue, there’s always something unique that forces many fans to go “who, what, where, when and why”.
This year, the event will move from Secaucus, New Jersey to the brighter lights of New York City and the ABC studios, making it the first time in nearly twenty years that the event hasn’t been held at the NBA studios in Secaucus.
The draft will take place this coming Wednesday, May 30th, at 5 p.m. PDT prior to the tip of game 2 between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics.
The Kings have dealt with a mass amount of unfortunate at the NBA Lottery recently, falling from their projected spot four times since the 2007 lottery, the worst fall coming in 2009 when the Kings (who had the best odds at the #1 selection) fell the maximum allowed slots to the fourth pick. One would expect it’s time for a turnaround on the Kings lotto luck, but as we’ve all seen in past years, that just doesn’t seem to be the case. How many times can one team fall?
In terms of odds, the Kings have a 7.6% chance of winning the lotto, 8.6% chance at number two and a 9.5% chance at the third pick. They have a 26.1% chance at staying at 5, a 38.6% chance to drop to 6th, a 9.3% chance to drop to 7th and a 0.8% to get the 8th pick, which is as far as they can drop per the lotto rules. The fifth spot isn’t all bad though in terms of the lottery as three teams in the past decade have won the lotto from that position (Washington in ’10, Toronto in ’06, Houston in ’02).
Joe and Gavin’s sister, Adrienne Maloof, will represent the Kings at the event.
I only wish I was joking.
Tune in this Wednesday where we’ll hopefully see history.