NBA Draft Lottery 2012

The 2012 NBA Draft Lottery is set to take place in just a few hours. ESPN will be showing it live at 8:00 p.m. eastern time. As is the case every year, the teams participating are counting on the little balls to bounce their way and hopefully improve the direction said franchise is going.

Thanks to the bloggers over at NBA.com, we have an idea about the odds each team has for landing that coveted No. 1 overall pick:

Charlotte Bobcats: 25%

Washington Wizards: 19.9%

Cleveland Cavaliers: 13.8%

New Orleans Hornets: 13.7%

Sacramento Kings: 7.6%

Brooklyn Nets: 7.5%

Golden State Warriors: 3.6%

Toronto Raptors: 3.5%

Detroit Pistons: 1.7%

Minnesota Timberwolves: 1.1%

Portland Trail Blazers: .8%

Milwaukee Bucks: .7%

Phoenix Suns: .6%

Houston Rockets: .5%


Kentucky big-man Anthony Davis is pegged as the prize of this draft. Although I don’t think he will ever become the player Tim Duncan is, I do believe he can have a similar impact on the franchise that gets him. His athleticism, specifically on the defensive end, has the potential to revamp any team in the league. Davis averaged 14.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.7 blocks per game during his one year at the collegiate level.  Plus, he made 62% of his shots from the field and 71% from the foul line.

Since the NBA draft lottery was created in 1985, only four of the NBA’s worst teams have won the rights to the first draft pick. If you do the math, that’s 4/27: 14.8% of the time. Not the most promising of numbers if you’re a Bobcats fan. No team could use Mr. Davis more than Charlotte, who set an NBA record for worst regular-season win percentage last year (.106).

The Warriors are in quite the little situation: they’ve almost gone all in with their franchise hoping to retain the rights to a top-7 protected draft choice. I’m only hoping the Warriors get a top-7 pick because I have some bay area friends who may do something horrible to themselves if the pick falls out of the top-7.

I’ll do a post about this later, but I do think Thomas Robinson is going to be a stud. He’ll probably be a top 5 pick, top 10 at the worst, but I think he could end up having a top 2 impact on his team.

Make sure to check back here tonight, Metta Chronicles will have the results as soon as they come in. In addition, we’ll have mock drafts and player insights in the next few days.

 

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