The Eastern Conference Finals are set to begin Tuesday, with the first game between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics, but that’s not the only reason it’s one of the biggest nights on the NBA calendar. Ahead of the game, the league will hold the 2022 NBA Draft lottery, where we’ll see which team gets the first overall pick in next month’s draft.
There are a number of potential talents in this year’s class, including Gonzaga big man Chet Holmgren, Duke forward Paulo Banchero, Auburn forward Jabari Smith and Purdue goalkeeper Jaden Ivey. These four cover every possible position and skill set, and whoever ends up ending up first will largely depend on which team gets the first pick.
The Houston Rockets, the Orlando Magic, and the Detroit Pistons finished three league records during the regular season, and have an equal 14% chance of winning the lottery. If the Pistons get lucky again, they will be the first team since the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013 and 2014 to win the lottery in consecutive years.
NBA Draft Lottery Results
7. Trail Blazers
8. Pelicans (via the Lakers)
12. Thunder (via Clippers)
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