Tuesday , May , 23 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

On the clock: Toronto gets first pick in NBA Draft

Secaucus, NJ (Sports Network) – New Toronto general manager Bryan Colangelo
has already brought some luck to the Raptors, as they won the NBA Draft
Lottery Tuesday night and will have the top pick on June 28.

The Raptors, who finished with a 27-55 record this past season, had the fifth-
best chance (8.8 percent) of winning, but will have the No. 1 draft selection
for the first time since the lottery process began.

The Chicago Bulls will pick second, followed by Charlotte, Portland and
Atlanta. The Trail Blazers, who had the league’s worst record (21-61) this
past season, had the best opportunity, a 25 percent chance at getting the top
selection.

Everything else went as expected. Minnesota got the sixth pick, followed by
Boston, Houston, Golden State and Seattle. Orlando, New Orleans, Philadelphia
and Utah completed the field in the lottery.

Even though the Bulls were in the playoffs this year, they were in the lottery
for owning the Knicks’ first-round draft choice, stemming from a trade in the
preseason that sent Eddy Curry and Antonio Davis to New York for Michael
Sweetney, Tim Thomas and Jermaine Jackson.

The Milwaukee Bucks won the draft lottery last year despite having a 6.3
percent chance of winning. They chose Utah center Andrew Bogut with the top
pick.

There is no consensus No. 1 pick this year, but Connecticut forward Rudy Gay,
Texas center LaMarcus Aldridge, Gonzaga forward Adam Morrison, LSU forward
Tyrus Thomas and J.J. Redick of Duke have been mentioned as possible top
selections.

It was on February 28 that the Raptors named Colangelo their team president
and GM. He resigned as the team president and general manager of the Phoenix
Suns the day before he was hired by Toronto. He was in the Suns organization
for 15 years, including the GM for 11 seasons.

The lottery 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.

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