The 2013 NBA draft lottery will commence on Tuesday night, May 21, as 14 franchises vie for the coveted No. 1 overall pick in next month's draft.
Orlando, Charlotte, and Cleveland each have a 15.6-percent or better shot to win the lottery, but the Magic have the best odds, possessing 250 of the 1,000 ping-pong balls.
The last time the Magic won the NBA draft lottery in 2004, its No. 1 selection turned into Dwight Howard. Will this be the year Orlando gets lucky and wins another franchise cornerstone?
Here we'll get you set for Tuesday's much-anticipated NBA draft lottery, breaking down the three teams with the best shot to land the No. 1 pick in this June's draft.
What: 2013 NBA Draft Lottery
Where: Disney/ABC’s Times Square Studios in New York
When: Tuesday, May 21, at 8:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: ESPN3.com
Teams and Odds
|Orlando Magic||25 percent|
|Charlotte Bobcats||19.9 percent|
|Cleveland Cavaliers||15.6 percent|
|Phoenix Suns||11.9 percent|
|New Orleans Pelicans||8.8 percent|
|Sacramento Kings||6.3 percent|
|Detroit Pistons||4.3 percent|
|Washington Wizards||2.8 percent|
|Minnesota Timberwolves||1.7 percent|
|Portland Trail Blazers||1.1 percent*|
|Philadelphia 76ers||0.8 percent|
|Toronto Raptors||0.7 percent*|
|Dallas Mavericks||0.6 percent|
|Utah Jazz||0.5 percent|
*Portland's pick goes to Charlotte if outside top 12, Toronto's pick goes to Oklahoma City if outside top three.
Orlando Magic (20-62), 25 percent
Although there may be some debate as to whether the Orlando Magic were the worst team in basketball last year, their NBA-worst 12-29 home record speaks for itself.
Since Dwight Howard departed for sunny Los Angeles last summer, Orlando hasn't been the same. Don't believe me? Consider this: The Magic's 20 wins this season were the fewest since the franchise's inaugural season back in 1989-90 when the team won just 18 games.
Despite reaching the NBA Finals just four years ago, this franchise is desperate for a game-changing talent.
The Magic hope that co-founder and senior vice president Pat Williams will bring good luck on Tuesday night (via Orlando Sentinel's Josh Robbins):
Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
As expected, Pat Williams will be on stage for the #Magic during the @NBA draft lottery on May 21.5/14/2013, 5:28:22 PM
With the top odds of earning the top selection and perhaps former Kentucky star Nerlens Noel this summer, Orlando fans everywhere will be watching on Tuesday night.
Charlotte Bobcats (21-61), 19.9 percent
The Charlotte Bobcats have been around the NBA for nine seasons now, but have put together just one winning campaign in the franchise's brief history.
Charlotte's 21 wins in 2012-13 were an improvement on its seven wins from a season ago, but disappointing nonetheless. The Bobcats ranked toward the bottom of the league in nearly every critical category last year and saw second overall pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist struggle immensely, averaging just nine points and 5.8 rebounds per game as a rookie.
A perennial loser, Charlotte must have a successful lottery on Tuesday in order to begin a turnaround.
Winning the No. 1 pick would put the Bobcats in position to draft coveted center Nerlens Noel, who has the potential to develop into a rim-protecting big who can also become a consistent contributor on the offensive end for a team that ranked just 26th in the league last season in points per game.
Cleveland Cavaliers (24-58), 15.6 percent
Two years after landing the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA draft and selecting Kyrie Irving first overall, the Cleveland Cavaliers are once again in position to win the top pick.
The Cavs finished with the third-worst record in the NBA last season, losing six straight games to end the year and secure a 15.6-percent chance of landing the No. 1 pick.
Irving has been a stud since entering the league two seasons ago, averaging 22.5 points and 5.9 assists per game last year for the lowly Cavs, earning All-Star honors in the process. But unless Cleveland can find another superstar to team Irving with for the years to come, the Cavs won't be contending for a championship anytime soon.
Already possessing a young, talented backcourt, Cleveland is another team that could use the services of Nerlens Noel. The Cavaliers allowed over 101 points per game last season and with Noel, would have two franchise players on board, one dominating on the perimeter and the other inside.
The good news for Cleveland fans this May: The Cavs have 156 ping-pong balls in this year's lottery, and they only need one to pop up in order to win.
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