CHICAGO — The Orlando Magic won the NBA sweepstakes Tuesday night and took home the overall first for the first time since beating Dwight Howard in 2004.
It’s the fourth time he’s been so lucky in the lottery by Magic, who won consecutive years in 1992 and 1993, taking Shaquille O’Neal and then trading Chris Webber’s rights to Benny Hardaway.
Orlando finished with the worst record in the Eastern Conference at 22-60 and missed the playoffs for the eighth time in 10 years. But The Magic took a big win in the lottery, having a 14 percent chance of making the top pick.
It feels great,'' president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman said.I am very happy for our fans. They are really stuck with us. And the nights are such a help that you can really show the fruits of why you go through these stages and these cycles. And I hope they get really excited about this. ”
Paolo Banchero of Duke, Chet Holmgren of Gonzaga, Jaden Ivey of Purdue University and Jabari Smith of Auburn are widely considered the most likely candidates to be selected first. The draft June 23 in New York.
Oklahoma City received the second selection, followed by Houston and Sacramento. Kings climbed from seventh place to enter the lottery.
Detroit comes in fifth, with Indiana, Portland, New Orleans, San Antonio and Washington in tenth. The rest of the lottery results are: New York, Oklahoma City, Charlotte and Cleveland.
The lottery, with 14 ping-pong balls numbered from 1 to 14 placed in a hopper, determines the first four selections. The remainder of the non-clincher teams go in reverse order of their ending.
Houston, Orlando and Detroit had the best odds of winning the lottery at 14 percent. All three had young teams that finished at the bottom of the NBA.
The Magic is committed to building through the draft after trading veterans Nikola Vucevich and Aaron Gordon in March 2021 for first-round picks in 2023 and 2025. But they lost two young players they were trying to build around last season with Jonathan Isaac and Markel Fultz recovering from knee injuries. .
New Orleans might be one of the biggest winners as the lone playoff team with the lottery pick. The Pelicans got him in the 2019 deal that sent Anthony Davis to the Lakers.
With Los Angeles struggling to hit the record 33-49, the eighth-worst number in the NBA, this put the Pelicans in a position to make money. They needed a selection to fall into the top ten in order to hold it, and there were 99.6 per cent of that.
Now, they are in a position to add a sweepstakes option to go with the All-Star Brandon Ingram.
Banchereau, Holmgren, and Smith decided to turn pro after one college season while Ivy spent two years at Purdue University.
The 6-foot-10, 250-pound Banchero was seen as a likely one-man before arriving at the Duke from Seattle as part of a talented class. He lived up to it, helping the Blue Devils reach the record 13 for retired coach Mike Krzyzewski in the fourth final before losing to arch-rival North Carolina.
With his strength and skill in the ocean, Banchero averaged 17.2 points and 7.8 rebounds. He has scored 20 or more goals 15 times while failing to reach the two numbers only twice in 39 games.
Holmgren, a 7-footer with the ability to pass the ball and handle the ball like a goalkeeper, was one of Gonzaga’s most famous recruits. He was the newcomer to this year’s West Coast Conference, Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team selection for all conferences. He averaged 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 3.6 blocks per game, and was a third-team AP All-American.
Smith also lived up to his billing as one of Auburn’s best recruits ever. The Tigers got their first #1 ranking and spent three weeks in the lead. The 6-10, 220-pounder team was from Fayetteville, Georgia, second team, All-American and SEC Freshman of the Year. Auburn led in scoring, averaging 16.9 points and 7.4 rebounds. Smith was also the Tigers’ best three-point shooter after making 79 of 188 attempts (43 percent).
Full draft lottery application:
1. Orlando Magic
2. Oklahoma City Thunder
3. Houston Rockets
4. Sacramento Kings
5. Detroit Pistons
6. Indiana Pacers
7. Portland Trail Blazers
8. New Orleans Pelicans
9. San Antonio Spurs
10. Washington Wizards
11. New York Knicks
12. Oklahoma City Thunder
13. Charlotte Hornets
14. Cleveland Cavaliers