Suns Ready for Draft Lottery

by Matt Petersen

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns will participate in the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday, May 20, at Times Square Studios in New York to determine the position of their lottery pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. The 2014 NBA Draft Lottery will be televised on ESPN at 5 p.m. (Phoenix time).

The Suns are currently in position for the 14th overall pick and have a 1.82 percent probability of moving up to a top-three selection, with a 0.5 percent probability of winning the top pick, 0.59 percent for the second pick and 0.72 percent for the third pick. If the Suns do move into the top three while Minnesota does not (Timberwolves are currently slotted for 13th), the Suns would obtain Minnesota’s pick at No. 14 in addition to their own top-three selection as the Timberwolves owe the Suns a first round pick that is top-13 protected in this year’s draft.

The Suns also possess the 18th overall pick (from Washington) and the 27th overall pick (from Indiana) in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft, as well as their own second round pick at 50th overall.

Representing the Suns at the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery will be forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris. The Morris twins were both lottery picks in the 2011 NBA Draft as they were selected back-to-back with the Suns choosing Markieff at No. 13 and Houston drafting Marcus with the next selection at No. 14.

Since the NBA adopted a lottery system in 1985, the Suns have twice moved up as a result of the lottery, moving from No. 7 to No. 6 in 1986 (selected William Bedford) and moving from No. 5 to No. 2 in 1987 (selected Armon Gilliam).

The 2014 NBA Draft will be held on Thursday, June 26, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The event will be televised on ESPN at 4 p.m. (Phoenix time).