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What You Need To Know: The Draft Lottery

by Max Rappaport, Sixers.com
Posted: May 10, 2013

In a league where hard work equals wins, and players, coaches, and executives pour countless hours into strength training, game planning, and advanced scouting, the annual NBA Draft Lottery offers the movers and shakers of the basketball world a chance to just sit back and leave it all to fate.

At the end of every season, each of the 14 non-playoff teams participate in a lottery process to determine the order of the upcoming NBA Draft. The lottery is weighted such that the team with the worst record has the best chance of obtaining the first-overall pick (25.0%) and the non-playoff team with the best record has the worst chance of obtaining it (0.5%).

Here's what you need to know about this year's lottery and how it will affect the Sixers:

• The 2013 NBA Draft Lottery will be held at 8:30PM (EST) on Tuesday, May 21 at ABC Disney's Times Square Studios in New York City

• It will be nationally televised on ESPN

• The Sixers will be represented on stage by Managing Owner Josh Harris and in the backstage lottery room by CEO Adam Aron

• It will be the 29th iteration of the event, which dates back to 1985

• The Sixers and Toronto Raptors both finished the 2012-13 season with a 34-48 record, but by virtue of a postseason coin flip, Philadelphia won the tentative rights to the 11th-overall pick, and slightly better lottery odds, while the Raptors were bumped to 12th (Oklahoma City will receive Toronto's pick unless the Raptors win a top-three pick via the lottery)

• As a result, the Sixers have a 0.8% chance of being awarded the top pick, a 0.9% chance of winning the second pick, and a 1.2% chance of winning the third pick – only those three picks are determined via the lottery process, with the remaining 27 first-round picks decided solely based upon 2012-13 regular season records

• Dating back to 2005, only two teams with top-four lottery odds have won the top pick (LAC in 2009 and NOP in 2012). The other six? The Clippers in 2011 (8th-best odds), the Wizards in 2010 (5th-best odds), the Bulls in 2008 (9th-worst odds), the Blazers in 2007 (6th-worst odds), the Raptors in 2006 (5th-worst odds), and the Bucks in 2005 (6th-worst odds) 

• The Sixers have won the first-overall pick via lottery just once, in 1996, when they finished the 1995-96 season with the second-worst record. The team selected point guard Allen Iverson out of Georgetown with the top pick

• Despite selecting first overall just once since the induction of the lottery in 1985, Philly has been lucky in regard to the other two lottery-eligible picks

• Since the lottery odds became weighted with respect to regular season record in 1990, the Sixers have jumped into the top three five times – winning the aforementioned first-overall pick in 1996, jumping from sixth to second in 2010, from fifth to second in 1997, from fourth to third in 1995, and from fifth to second in 1993

• On May 23, 1993, the Orlando Magic jumped from 11th to first, overcoming lottery odds of less than 2%. To this day, they are to the only team win the top pick with lottery odds outside the top 10. With the pick, they selected forward Chris Webber and immediately traded him for point guard Penny Hardaway and future draft considerations

• The Magic were represented by then-General Manager Pat Williams, who had previously served in the same capacity for the 76ers from 1974-1986

Updated: 12:38 PM, May 21, 2013

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