We’ll finally know who wins the Zion Williamson sweepstakes at the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery.
In total, 14 teams have a shot at winning the first pick on Tuesday, with the New York Knicks, who finished with the league’s worst record in 2018-19, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns all with a 14% chance at winning the top pick, presumably to select Williamson, the one-and-done Duke phenom who electrified the NCAA and tantalized the NBA.
Of course, Williamson isn’t the only prize available to teams, with his Blue Devils teammates R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish to be among the top picks, as well as Murray State’s Ja Morant, Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland and De’Andre Hunter, fresh off an NCAA title with Virginia, all ready to make the jump when the 2019 NBA Draft kicks off on June 20 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Here’s everything you need to know heading into the NBA Draft Lottery:
When is the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery?
Tuesday, May 14 at 8:30 p.m. ET
How can I watch the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery?
ESPN will air the live results show from Chicago.
How does the Draft Lottery work?
The 14 teams that did not make the postseason are all eligible to win the lottery, with the NBA’s three worst teams having the best odds, capped at 14%. The percentage decreases for each following the team’s regular-season finish — Charlotte, Miami and Sacramento, which finished just outside the playoffs, will all have approximately a 1% shot at the top pick.
Ping pong balls numbered 1-14 are placed in a lottery machine, with four balls selected, creating a combination that will determine the winners of the top picks (for the first time, the process will go through four picks instead of three) with the rest being completed by record — the team with the worst records (the Knicks) cannot finish lower than the fifth pick.
What are each team’s odds of winning?
Team Lottery Odds
New York Knicks 14.0%
Cleveland Cavaliers 14.0%
Phoenix Suns 14.0%
Chicago Bulls 12.5%
Atlanta Hawks 10.5%
Washington Wizards 9.0%
New Orleans Pelicans 6.0%
x- Memphis Grizzlies 6.0%
y – Dallas Mavericks 6.0%
Minnesota Timberwolves 3.0%
Los Angeles Lakers 2.0%
Charlotte Hornets 1.0%
Miami Heat 1.0%
z – Sacramento Kings 1.0%
x = This pick may be conveyed to Boston
y = This pick may be conveyed to Atlanta
z = This pick will be conveyed to Boston via Philadelphia or to Philadelphia
How do picks 15-60 work?
The remainder of the first-round selections and the entire second round (picks 31-60) are determined by reverse order of regular-season record.