2006 NBA Lottery Facts

he Hawks have participated in the lottery ten times since it was introduced in 1985. With the NBA Draft Lottery scheduled for Tuesday, Hawks.com takes a look at the team's history in the event:

For this year's drawing, Atlanta has 137 chances out of 1000 probabilities (13.70%) to land the first pick, with a 14.16% chance on getting the second pick, a 14.48% chance on getting the third pick, an 8.51% chance for the fourth selection, a 32.34% shot at number five, a 15.55% chance for number six, and a 1.26% shot at seven. Atlanta can drop no lower than seventh.

Here are some other Lottery-related notes:

  • The highest Atlanta finish in the lottery came last season, when the Hawks placed second in the process. Marvin Williams (recently named NBA second-team All-Rookie) from North Carolina was selected with that pick.

  • Previous Hawks finishes are as follows: 1985 (5th), 1990 (11th), 1992 (10th), 2000 (6th), 2001 (3rd), 2002 (8th), 2003 (8th, pick awarded to Milwaukee), 2004 (6th), and 2005 (2nd);

    The NBA Board of Governors approved a modification of the Lottery system in November of 1993 that, effective with the 1994 NBA Draft Lottery, increased the chances of the teams with the worst records in the league winning one of the top three picks in the draft while decreasing the lottery chances of the teams with the best records. The new system increased the chances of the team with the worst record drawing the first pick in the draft from 16.7 percent to 25 percent, while decreasing the chances of the team with the best record among lottery teams from 1.5 percent to 0.5 percent.

    Under the system, 14 ping-pong balls numbered 1 through 14 are placed in a drum. There are 1,001 possible combinations when four balls are drawn out of 14, without regard to their order of selection. Prior to the Lottery, 1,000 combinations are assigned to the Lottery teams based on their order of finish during the regular season. Four balls are drawn to the top to determine a four-digit combination. The team that has been assigned that combination will receive the number one pick. The four balls are placed back in the drum and the process is repeated to determine the number two and three picks;

    Following are the 13 teams in 2005 NBA Draft Lottery who did not qualify for the NBA Playoffs 2005. Each team will be assigned a certain number of combinations out of 1,000. The third column below lists the number of combinations each team will have in the NBA Draft Lottery. The three columns on the right list the percent chances that teams have at getting one of the top three picks.

    2006 NBA Draft Lottery Probabilities: (click to enlarge)

    The event will be televised on ESPN at 7:30 ET, prior to coverage of the Eastern Conference final game, from Secaucus, NJ and the NBA Entertainment Studios. Hawks co-owner Ed Peskowitz will represent the organization on the podium.

    The 2006 NBA Draft is set for Wednesday, June 28 from the Theater in Madison Square Garden, and it will also be televised by ESPN.

    For more Draft Lottery information, please click here.