NBA Draft Lottery Held Tuesday Night, Blake Griffin Likely the Top Prize

Atlanta, Ga. 5/20/2009 02:38 AM GMT (TransWorldNews)

The NBA Draft Lottery will celebrate its 25th edition on Tuesday night as the 14 teams who missed out on playoff action gather to see where they will pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

 

It appears to be a foregone conclusion that Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin will be the number one overall selection when the 2009 NBA Draft is held on June 25 yet what uniform he puts on will be determined by Tuesday night’s lottery order. The Sacramento Kings have the best shot at landing the forward after posting the worst record in the regular season. Sacramento stands a 25% chance at the number one spot while the Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers, equally awful in the regular season, stand a 17.8% and 17.7% shot at the top pick respectively.

 

While Griffin is the consensus number one the number two and three picks could be equally impressive with Spain’s Ricky Rubio and Arizona State’s James Harden each charting high by NBA evaluators.

 

Tuesday nights draft lottery will only position the top three picks so while Sacramento has the best shot at the number one pick they could also fall to number four if the ping-pong balls don’t bounce their way. Because of the way the draft lottery has been set up the Phoenix Suns, who finished the regular season 46-36, could still land the number one pick. The likelihood of that is just .05% but they do have a chance.

 

Of course Griffin, Rubio and Harden aren’t the only names attracting attention in the 2009 NBA Draft as Stephon Curry, Hasheem Thabeet, Jordan Hill, DeJuan Blair, Tyreke Evans, Brandon Jennings and DeMar DeRozan have all been called lottery picks.

 

NBA Teams in the 2009 NBA Draft Lottery

 

 

Team

Chances (out of 1000)

Sacramento Kings

250

Washington Wizards

178

Los Angeles Clippers

177

Oklahoma City Thunder

119

Minnesota Timberwolves

76

Memphis Grizzlies

75

Golden State Warriors

43

New York Knicks

28

Toronto Raptors

17

Milwaukee Bucks

10

New Jersey Nets

9

Charlotte Bobcats

7

Indiana Pacers

6

Phoenix Suns

5

 

The 2009 NBA Draft Lottery will be held at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

 

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