Tuesday night will mark the 24th weighted NBA Draft Lottery in league history. As most of you know, every team that misses out on the playoffs has a chance at the number one pick. The worse the record, the better chance a team has at the top pick.
The Draft Lottery will be held at 7:00PM on ESPN tomorrow night, while game two of the Eastern Conference Finals will follow at 8:00PM.
Ok, so now that you know what’s going on, what does it all mean for the Hornets? At this point in time, the Hornets do not have a lottery pick, but that could change. Charlotte has the rights to Detroit’s first-round selection in the Pistons fall out of a top eight spot tomorrow night. Currently, Detroit has a 72.47% chance of falling inside of the top eight and keeping their pick while having a 16.78% chance at dropping into the ninth slot and giving their spot to the Hornets. Originally, I thought it would be best if we didn’t get the pick this year. However, after the hiring of Stan Van Gundy, I am convinced Detroit will not be as bad as they were this year.
The Hornets could also receive help from some other teams in the lottery. In order for that to happen, one of the teams 9-14 will have to move up to the top 3. If this were to happen, Detroit would be given the ninth pick and the rights would go to Charlotte. Keep in mind there is also a small possibility that Detroit and a 9-14 team would move up. In that case, Detroit would keep it’s pick.
If the Hornets do not get Detroit’s pick this year, Charlotte will receive it the following year unless the Pistons have the overall number one pick in the 2015 draft. This deal was a part of the trade that sent Corey Maggette to Motown in exchange for Ben Gordan. Neither player is currently on either roster.
No matter what pick the Hornets have, stay tuned with us for extensive draft coverage. We look forward to covering the offseason for all of our readers here at thecharlottesportsblog.com
Lead Hornets Writer: Jonathon Hoppe