On the clock: Milwaukee gets first pick in NBA draft
Secaucus, NJ (Sports Network) – The Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA Draft Lottery
on Tuesday night and will have the first pick for the June 28 draft.
The Bucks, who were the NBA’s sixth worst team during the regular season
with a 30-52 mark, had 6.3 percent chance of winning coming in. Atlanta, the
league’s worst team at 13-69, had a 25-percent chance of winning the lottery,
but will instead pick second.
Portland also jumped from its original position, as it moved two spots to No.
The moves bumped the New Orleans Hornets from an expected two spot to the
fourth pick, while the third worst team last season, the Charlotte Bobcats,
moved down to five.
Other than those two moves everything else went as expected. Utah, Toronto,
New York, Golden State and the Los Angeles Lakers round out the top 10.
Orlando, the LA Clippers, Charlotte and Minnesota will select 11 through 14,
The lottery system has been in place since June of 1984 when the NBA Board of
Governors voted to adopt a lottery system among the non-playoff teams to
determine their order of selection in the first round of the NBA Draft
beginning in 1985.
From 1966 through 1984, the teams that finished with the worst records in each
conference participated in a coin flip to determine which team would draft
first. The remaining teams picked in inverse order of their won-lost records.
The New York Knicks won the first-ever lottery and used their No. 1 selection
on Georgetown center Patrick Ewing.