In a matter of hours, the Philadelphia 76ers and their fans will finally learn whether the Los Angeles Lakers pick was worth the wait, as the 2018 NBA Draft lottery is scheduled for Tuesday night. This pick has been in the cards for a while now since Sam Hinkie traded Michael Carter-Williams to Milwaukee during the 2014-15 season.
The likely spot for the Magic to land is either No. 5 or No. 6.
Since the NBA Draft Lottery has included 14 picks (a system in place since 2004), 27 players have been drafted from American colleges who now play outside a power conference. Last year, it was Joel Embiid, in 2016 it was Brett Brown and 2015 was Nerlens Noel. This is especially true in a year with some serious difference-makers available with lottery picks, such as DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III and Jaren Jackson.
How does the Draft Lottery work?
The Magic haven't won the lottery since turning 2004's No. 1 pick into Dwight Howard.
The Phoenix Suns will have the best odds at landing the top pick after going 21-61 this season for the worst record in the National Basketball Association.
On Tuesday night, the 14 teams who didn't make the playoffs will be hoping for good luck. They have not had the No. 1 pick since.
It would be typical Los Angeles Clippers luck though if the Pistons pick somehow landed first overall and the Clippers had to forfeit the pick that they received for Griffin. However, those times seem to be behind the Knicks, as they have all of their first round selections for the foreseeable future. Frank Ntilikina, the No. 8 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, has the tools to become a two-way player once he develops.
This will be the first player the three select together, so you know they will be looking to hit it out of the park.