2014 Draft Lottery Guide

The Denver Nuggets will be in the NBA Draft Lottery for the first time since 2003.

For the first time since 2003, the Denver Nuggets will be part of the NBA Draft Lottery in New York on Tuesday. Nuggets coach Brian Shaw and general manager/executive vice president of basketball operations Tim Connelly will be in attendance as Denver tries to beat the odds.

The Nuggets currently are slotted to pick 11th in the June 26 NBA Draft but have a 1.5 percent chance of landing the top overall pick.

The 2014 NBA Draft Lottery, where ping‐pong balls supplant basketballs as the tools of determining supremacy, will be held at the Times Square Studios in New York on Tuesday, May 20 and will be televised on ESPN at approximately 6 p.m. MDT.

The 30th annual edition of the NBA Draft Lottery will determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2014 NBA Draft.

Fourteen ping‐pong balls numbered 1 through 14 will be 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 of those 1,001 combinations will be assigned to the 14 participating lottery teams.

The Milwaukee Bucks finished the season with the NBA’s worst record (15‐67), so they will be assigned the first 250 combinations. The Phoenix Suns, the best team in the lottery at 48‐34, will have only five combinations out of 1,000.

Four balls will be 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. (Note: If the one unassigned combination is drawn,
the balls are drawn to the top again.)

The order of selection for the teams that do not win one of the top three picks will be determined by inverse order of their regular season record. Thus, Milwaukee can pick no lower than fourth, Philadelphia (19‐63) no lower than fifth and Orlando (23‐59) no lower than sixth.

The actual Lottery procedure will take place in a separate room just prior to the national broadcast on ESPN with select media, NBA officials and representatives of the participating teams and the accounting firm of Ernst & Young in attendance.

Following the drawing, team logo cards will be inserted into envelopes marked 1 through 14 by an Ernst & Young representative. These envelopes then will be sealed and brought on‐stage, where the announcement of the Lottery results will be made by NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum. A second representative from each participating team will be seated on‐stage. Neither the Deputy Commissioner nor the team representatives will be informed of the Lottery results prior to the opening of the envelopes.

The team whose logo is in the last envelope opened will pick first in NBA Draft 2014, to be held on Thursday, June 26 at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Here is a look at the Nuggets current status in the next three NBA Drafts:

2014 NBA DRAFT
First Round (1):
Nuggets have their own pick in addition to the Knicks pick, with the more favorable pick remaining in Denver and the other being sent to Orlando.
Second Round (2): Nuggets have their own second pick (#41) as well as Portland’s pick (#56) from a 2011 trade.

2015 NBA DRAFT
First Round (1):
Nuggets have their own first round pick.
Second Round (Pending): The Nuggets will not have their own second round pick (traded to Minnesota in a three‐team trade in 2011). However, Denver could potentially own the rights to the Clippers’ second‐round pick if it falls within the range of #55‐60 and could also be rewarded with either Memphis’s second round pick or cash considerations if Memphis chooses to retain the pick stemming from a 2012 trade.

2016 NBA DRAFT
First Round (1):
Nuggets have their own first round pick, but hold the rights to swap picks with the New York Knicks, with the less favorable pick being conveyed to the Toronto Raptors.
Second Round (0): Nuggets do not have a second round pick (traded to Philadelphia in a three‐team trade in
2014).

The Denver Nuggets have previously been involved in the NBA lottery 11 times in the 30 years since the lottery’s inception in 1985. The Nuggets have never “moved up” in the lottery, have “dropped down” eight times and retained their position three times during the annual ping‐pong ball drop. Here is a look at how the club has fared in its 11 lottery experiences, including its pre‐lottery position, eventual draft and selection:

Year Pre-Lottery Position Drafted Movement Selected
1991 1st 4th Dropped down 3 Dikembe Mutombo
1992 4th 5th Dropped down 1 LaPhonso Ellis
1993 8th 9th Dropped down 1 Rodney Rogers
1996 10th 10th No movement Erick Dampier
1997 4th 5th Dropped down 1 Tony Battie
1998 1st 3rd Dropped down 2 Raef LaFrentz
1999 4th 5th Dropped down 1 Jonathan Bender
2000 10th 10th No movement Keyon Dooling
2001 11th 11th No movement Kedrick Brown
2002 4th 5th Dropped down 1 Nikoloz Tskitishvili
2003 2nd 3rd Dropped down 1 Carmelo Anthony

The following are the 14 teams in 2014 NBA Draft Lottery who did not qualify for the 2014 NBA Playoffs. 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 percentage chances that each team will have of getting the 1st, 2nd or 3rd pick:

Team Record Lottery Chances (Out of 1,000) Pick 1 Pick 2 Pick 3
Milwaukee 15‐67 250 25.00% 21.49% 17.75%
Philadelphia 19‐63 199 19.90% 18.80% 17.10%
Orlando 23‐59 156 15.60% 15.73% 15.56%
Utah 25‐57 104 10.40% 11.20% 12.09%
Boston 25‐57 103 10.30% 11.11% 12.01%
L.A. Lakers 27‐55 63 6.30% 7.09% 8.10%
Sacramento 28‐54 43 4.30% 4.94% 5.78%
Detroit (a) 29‐53 28 2.80% 3.26% 3.88%
Cleveland 33‐49 17 1.70% 2.00% 2.41%
New Orleans (b) 34‐48 11 1.10% 1.30% 1.58%
Denver (c) 36‐46 8 0.80% 0.95% 1.15%
New York (d) 37-45 7 0.70% 0.83% 1.01%
Minnesota (e) 40-42 6 0.60% 0.71% 0.87%
Phoenix 48-34 5 0.50% 0.59% 0.72%

LOTTERY KEY

  • (a) This pick may be conveyed to Charlotte
  • (b) This pick may be conveyed to Philadelphia
  • (c) This pick may be conveyed to Orlando
  • (d) Orlando will receive this pick, or Denver’s first round pick, whichever is higher
  • (e) This pick may be conveyed to Phoenix

Below is a look at the Nuggets history when selecting with a top‐14 overall pick in the NBA Draft:

NUGGETS ALL‐TIME #1 OVERALL PICKS
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NUGGETS ALL‐TIME #2 OVERALL PICKS
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NUGGETS ALL‐TIME #3 OVERALL PICKS
1990 - Mahmoud Abdul‐Rauf, Louisiana State
1998 - Raef LaFrentz, Kansas
2003 - Carmelo Anthony, Syracuse

NUGGETS ALL‐TIME #4 OVERALL PICKS
1991 - Dikembe Mutombo, Georgetown

NUGGETS ALL‐TIME #5 OVERALL PICKS
1980 - James Ray, Jacksonville
1992 - LaPhonso Ellis Notre Dame
1997 - Tony Battie Texas Tech
2002 - Nikoloz Tskitishvili Rep. of Georgia

NUGGETS ALL‐TIME #6 OVERALL PICKS
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NUGGETS ALL‐TIME #7 OVERALL PICKS
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NUGGETS ALL‐TIME #8 OVERALL PICKS
1991 - Marc Macon, Temple

NUGGETS ALL‐TIME #9 OVERALL PICKS
1977 - Tom LeGarde, North Carolina
1993 - Rodney Rogers, Wake Forest

NUGGETS ALL‐TIME #10 OVERALL PICKS
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NUGGETS ALL‐TIME #11 OVERALL PICKS
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NUGGETS ALL‐TIME #12 OVERALL PICKS
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NUGGETS ALL‐TIME #13 OVERALL PICKS
1994 - Jalen Rose, Michigan

NUGGETS ALL‐TIME #14 OVERALL PICKS
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