Philadelphia 76ers have favorable odds heading into 2018 NBA Draft lottery reveal

Josh Jackson Invites Special Guest to Attend 2018 NBA Draft Lottery

Josh Jackson Invites Special Guest to Attend 2018 NBA Draft Lottery

The last time the Magic won the draft lottery was in 1993 when Penny Hardaway was the No. 3 pick. The team with the highest lottery odds is guaranteed at top four pick and the team with the lowest odds will end up with the 14th pick unless it gets one of the top three picks. After those pingpong balls are chosen, all of the other teams go in reverse order of the regular-season standings.

Therefore, if you don't see a team take hold in its designated slot above, that means it has vaulted into a top-three selection. That draft featured Greg Oden and Kevin Durant. If the Suns, who have a 25 percent chance of getting the top spot and a 64.2 percent chance of being in the top three, end up with the second overall pick, this would feel a lot like when the Los Angeles Lakers got the No. 2 pick and set themselves up to take Lonzo Ball this time previous year. Cleveland wouldn't trade the pick because that was their insurance policy if Lebron left or its part of the case they could make, 'hey, we could have a good young core to go forward with you if want to stay with us'. It's an unprotected pick, so there will be no switch with that one. After the teams picking in the first three spots are determined, the rest of the order is filled out between the remaining 11 teams from worst. The closest they have come since was landing the No. 4 overall pick in 2015 when they selected Porzingis. Oladipo, the best of the bunch, isn't with the team anymore.

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However, if the Sixers do end up getting the Lakers pick this year, this would mean the Celtics end up with the first-round pick of the Sacramento Kings in 2019, which based off their previous records over the years could work wonders.

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