NBA Pre-Lottery Position History

The chart below reveals the movement of each pre-Lottery slotted position in the NBA Lottery since 1994, when the league began using
the current weighted system, with the post-Lottery results (up, down or no movement) detailed in each respective box.

Since the NBA Lottery moved to its current weighted system in 1994, six teams slotted seventh-or-lower prior to the lottery have moved
up into the top three, most recently Cleveland in 2011, who moved up from #8 to #1.

1
  • The number ONE pre-lottery slotted team has retained its position
    three times, last in 2004 (Orlando)
  • Has moved down to the 2nd
    overall pick seven times, last in 2012 (Charlotte).
  • Has moved down to the 3rd
    overall pick seven times, last in 2010 (New Jersey).
  • Has moved down to the 4th
    overall pick nine times, last in 2009 (Sacramento).
  • Has moved down to the 5th
    overall pick once in 1986 (New York).
  • Has moved down to the 7th
    overall pick once in 1985 (Golden State)
    - tied for worst record 22-60

2
  • The number TWO pre-lottery slotted team has retained its position
    twice, last in 2006 (Chicago by way of New York)
  • Has moved up to the 1st overall
    pick three times, last 2003 (Cleveland).
  • Has moved down to the 3rd
    overall pick six times, last in 2012 (Washington).
    (1985, Indiana tied for worst record (22-60) moved to third overall
    pick.
  • Has moved down to the 4th
    overall pick 10 times, last in 2011 (Cleveland).
  • Has moved down to the 5th
    overall pick seven times, last in 2009 (Washington).

3
  • The number THREE pre-lottery slotted team has retained its
    position three times, last in 2008 (Minnesota)
  • Has moved up to the 1st overall
    pick six times, last in 2009 (L.A. Clippers).
  • Has moved up to the 2nd overall
    pick three times, last in 2004 (L.A. Clippers).
  • Has moved down to the 4th
    overall pick six times, last in 2012 (Cleveland).
  • Has moved down to the 5th
    overall pick seven times, last in 2011 (Toronto).
  • Has moved down to the 6th
    overall pick twice, last in 2007 (Milwaukee).
  • Has moved down to the 7th
    overall pick once in 1986 (Dallas).

4
  • The number FOUR pre-lottery slotted team has retained its position
    twice, last in 2004 (Charlotte).
  • Has moved up to the 1st overall
    pick three times, last in 2012 (New Orleans).
  • Has moved up to the 2nd overall
    pick two times, last in 2000 (Vancouver).
  • Has moved up to the 3rd overall
    pick five times, last in 2009 (Oklahoma City).
  • Has moved down to the 5th
    overall pick eight times, last in 2008 (Memphis).
  • Has moved down to the 6th
    overall pick eight times, last in 2011 (Washington).
  • Has moved down to the 7th
    overall pick once in 1993 (Sacramento).

5
  • The number FIVE pre-lottery slotted team has retained its position
    three times, last in 2012 (Sacramento).
  • Has moved up to the 1st overall
    pick five times, last in 2010 (Washington).
  • Has moved up to the 2nd overall
    pick five times, last in 2007 (Seattle).
  • Has moved up to the 3rd overall
    pick four times, last in 2005 (Portland).
  • Has moved down to the 6th
    overall pick ten times, last in 2009 (Minnesota).
  • Has moved down to the 7th
    overall pick twice, last in 2011 (Sacramento).

6
  • The number SIX pre-lottery slotted team has retained its position
    10 times, last in 2012 (Brooklyn).
  • Has moved up to the 1st overall
    pick four times, last in 2007 (Portland).
  • Has moved up to the 2nd overall
    pick three times, last in 2010 (Philadelphia).
  • Has moved up to the 3rd overall
    pick four times, last in 2011 (Utah, by way of New Jersey).
  • Has moved down to the 7th
    overall pick seven times, last in 2008 (L.A.
    Clippers).
  • Has moved down to the 8th
    overall pick once in 1993 (Milwaukee).

7
  • The number SEVEN pre-lottery slotted team has retained its position
    16 times, last in 2012 (Golden State).
  • Has moved up to the 1st overall
    pick once in 2000 (New Jersey).
  • Has moved up to the 2nd overall
    pick twice, last in 1988 (Indiana).
  • Has moved up to the 3rd overall
    pick once in 1993 (Golden State).
  • Has moved up to the 5th overall
    pick once in 1985 (Atlanta).
  • Has moved up to the 6th overall
    pick once, in 1986 (Phoenix).
  • Has moved down to the 8th
    overall pick six times, last in 2011 (Detroit).

8
  • The number EIGHT pre-lottery slotted team has retained its position
    17 times, last in 2012 (Toronto).
  • Has moved up to the 1st overall
    pick one time,
    in 2011 (Cleveland, by way of L.A. Clippers).
  • Has moved up to the 2nd overall
    pick two times, last
    in 2001 (L.A. Clippers).
  • Has moved down to the 9th
    overall pick four times, last
    in 2008 (Charlotte).

9
  • The number NINE pre-lottery slotted team has retained its position
    20 times, last in 2012 (Detroit).
  • Has moved up to the 1st overall
    pick once in 2008 (Chicago).
  • Has moved down to the 10th
    overall pick three times, last
    in 1999 (Atlanta from Golden State).

10
  • The number TEN pre-lottery slotted team has retained its
    position 20 times, last in 2012 (New Orleans).
  • Has moved up to the 2nd overall
    pick once in 1990 (Charlotte
    Hornets).
  • Has moved down to the 11th
    overall pick three times, last in 1999 (Cleveland).

11
  • The number ELEVEN pre-lottery slotted team has retained its
    position 21 times, last in 2012 (Portland).
  • Has moved up to the 1st overall
    pick once in 1993 (Orlando).
  • Has moved down to the 12th
    overall pick once in 1999 (Toronto).

12
  • The number TWELVE pre-lottery slotted team has retained its
    position 17 times, last in 2012 (Milwaukee).
  • Has moved down to the 13th
    overall pick once in 1999 (Seattle).

13
  • The number THIRTEEN pre-lottery slotted team has retained
    its position 17 times, last in 2012 (Phoenix).
  • Has moved up to the 3rd overall
    pick once in 1999 (Charlotte Hornets).
    **(Highest slotted team to move up into one of the top three
    positions).

14
  • The number FOURTEEN pre-lottery slotted team has retained
    its position nine times, last in 2012 (Houston).
  • The 2004 NBA Draft Lottery increased to 14 teams with the addition
    of the Charlotte Bobcats.

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