Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

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

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

The Kings' 2018 NBA Draft positioning will be determined Tuesday night at the annual NBA Draft Lottery.

While those teams will see their lottery odds shrink, every team from fourth-14th will see its chances at landing the top pick increase, even if it will only be a small percentage better.

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Los Angeles has just the 0.6 and 2.2 percent chances mentioned earlier.

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More likely outcomes are that the Magic will obtain the fifth pick (a 26.2 percent chance) or the sixth pick (a 35.9 percent chance). They have a 6.1 percent chance of moving into the top four, which would give them a shot at a transcendent talent such as DeAndre Ayton, Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley III or Mohamed Bamba.

Regardless of the circumstances, the finish is always very exciting, as first noted when the New York Knicks got the first overall pick in 1985 and had the chance to select the clear No. 1 prospect in the draft (Georgetown center Patrick Ewing). If New York lands the No. 1 overall pick, it will be the second time in franchise history that they did so.

O'Neal, Hardaway and Howard became cornerstone players. Since then, their lottery picks have consisted of a mixed bag of Victor Oladipo, Aaron Gordon, Mario Hezonja, Domantas Sabonis and Jonathan Isaac. So far, only Oladipo has developed into an All-Star, but Oladipo reached All-Star status as a member of the Indiana Pacers. The No. 20 pick is via Oklahoma City.

Williams sat on the dais, alongside representatives from other teams, when the results were announced on national TV in 1992, 1993 and 2004. In the three lotteries since, Orlando received the fifth, 11th and fifth picks.

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