Get ready for tonight's NBA draft lottery
The NBA draft lottery is tonight (7 p.m., ESPN). The Bulls are on the outside looking in this year, but do have two first round picks, Nos. 16 and 19 in the June 26 draft.
It will be interesting, though, especially with so many Eastern Conference teams at the top of the naughty list, led by Milwaukee.
The consensus top three players appear to be Kansas center Joel Embiid, Kansas swingman Andrew Wiggins and Duke forward Jabari Parker, all freshmen. Most mock drafts have either Wiggins or Embiid going No. 1, but that could change as teams meet with the players.
The No. 4 and 5 prospects appear to be Kentucky forward John Randle and Australian sensation Dante Exum, an athletic 6-4 point guard. The next tier appears to include Indiana center Noah Vonleh, Creighton forward Doug McDermott, Arizona forward Aaron Gordon, Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart, Michigan guard Nik Stauskas – all guys that figure to be gone before the Bulls pick.
Here are the lottery odds, in chances out of 1,000, which means Milwaukee has a 25 percent chance of landing the top pick.
A few months ago, I was ready to predict Toronto as the conspiracy theory lottery champ and landing a home-grown star in Wiggins. But the Raptors made the playoffs, so that didn’t work out.
Teams with new ownership have won the lottery a few times, which might bode well for the Bucks. Otherwise, I don’t have a good conspiracy theory, beyond the league wanting one of the new stars to play in Los Angeles.
Denver has New York’s first-round pick.
Also tonight, the Charlotte Bobcats officially return to the Hornets. They’re not in the lottery, so not sure why it’s happening tonight, but the Bulls can be glad the Bobcats gave up a first-round pick for Tyrus Thomas.
Team / Chances (out of 1,000)
L.A. Lakers 63
New Orleans 11