Sport NBA Draft lottery winners and losers: Suns, Kings smiling; Mavs, Pistons lacking luck

20:21  16 may  2018
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When is the 2018 NBA Draft? Date, time & live TV coverage

  When is the 2018 NBA Draft? Date, time & live TV coverage Here is everything you need to know about the 2018 NBA Draft.The full NBA Draft order has yet to be determined, but here is what you need to know about the 2018 NBA Draft, including key dates, draft time and live coverage.

But the NBA draft lottery is an annual tradition that I love every minute of. The remainder of the draft stayed as expected, nine through 14: Mavs , Kings , Hornets, Pistons , Nuggets, and Heat.

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The 2018 NBA Draft lottery provided plenty of excitement on Tuesday night as the ping pong balls delivered a shakeup to the draft order. Both the Kings and Hawks bounded into the top three while the Grizzlies and Mavericks suffered a slide.

All told, here’s what the lottery will look like on draft night absent any trades:

NBA Draft order
1. Phoenix Suns (21-61)
2. Sacramento Kings (27-55)
3. Atlanta Hawks (24-58)
4. Memphis Grizzlies (22-60)
5. Dallas Mavericks (24-58)
6. Orlando Magic (25-57)
7. Chicago Bulls (27-55)
8. Cleveland Cavaliers (28-54)
9. New York Knicks (29-53)
10. Philadelphia 76ers (35-47)
11. Charlotte Hornets (36-46)
12. L.A. Clippers (42-40)
13. L.A. Clippers (42-40)
14. Denver Nuggets (46-36)

NBA Draft lottery 2018: Full results, pick order for first round

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The 2017 NBA Draft Lottery took place on Tuesday night in New York City and some teams walked away winners , while others came out losers Few times are more Cleveland Cavaliers. Detroit Pistons . Indiana Pacers. Milwaukee Bucks.

Clippers Los Angeles Lakers Phoenix Suns Sacramento Kings Southwest Division Dallas Mavericks Houston Rockets Memphis Grizzlies The 2017 NBA Draft Lottery is over, and the Boston Celtics — a team in Losers . Magic A serious blow here for the Orlando Magic, who wound up with the No. 6

With plenty of potential pick swaps on the line and the aforementioned shakeups, lottery night went better for some than others.

Here’s a look at some of the winners and losers from the event in Chicago...

NBA Draft lottery winners

De’Aaron Fox’s smile proves lucky for the Kings

When lottery representative De’Aaron Fox told everyone watching he skipped on the lucky charms because his smile was lucky enough, he wasn’t lying. The Kings vaulted from No. 7 in the projected order to No. 2 in the actual order on Tuesday night. Sacramento’s basketball franchise is a frequent punching bag of national media and NBA fans alike, so it’s nice that the evening panned out for a team badly in need of some good news.

The Kings figure to be the beneficiary of the Suns’ non-choice at No. 1, whether it be Real Madrid’s Luka Doncic or Arizona’s Deandre Ayton. Both Duke’s Marvin Bagley III and Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson Jr. could also be in play.

2018 NBA Draft order set as Suns win lottery, secure No. 1 pick

  2018 NBA Draft order set as Suns win lottery, secure No. 1 pick Big man Deandre Ayton, who played one season at Arizona, is widely considered the most coveted prospect in this year’s loaded draft class.Equipped with the highest odds thanks to their 21-61 record this season, the Suns won Tuesday night's draft lottery, with the Kings and Hawks coming in second and third, respectively.

Winners and losers of the NBA Draft Lottery . In a trade of terrible contracts years ago (Corey Maggette for Ben Gordon), Charlotte also persuaded the Detroit Pistons to throw in a top-eight protected pick.

Winners and losers of the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery . Use your ← → (arrows) to browse. May 17, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker represents his team during the NBA draft lottery at New York Hilton Midtown.

Rick Carlisle et al. posing for the camera: De'Aaron Fox, Luka Doncic and Rick Carlisle © (Getty Images) De'Aaron Fox, Luka Doncic and Rick Carlisle

Given the bevy of young bigs already on Sacramento’s roster, landing Doncic would be the ultimate prize. Not only is the Slovenian wunderkind ranked as the top prospect on our board, he would also fit well next to Fox thanks to his playmaking ability and shooting potential.

The Suns hold onto No. 1

In the 50-year existence of the franchise, Phoenix has made 302 selections in the NBA Draft, per Basketball-Reference. Never has the Suns' selection been No. 1 overall. That’s set to change on June 21.

The Suns entered Tuesday night’s lottery with a 25.0 percent chance of landing the No. 1 pick. It was more likely than not they’d have to wait for someone else on draft night, but things held to form, and lottery representative Josh Jackson was left holding the last placard revealed.

Phoenix’s roster already contains an immense amount of young talent between Jackson, Devin Booker, Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss. Adding another top prospect to the mix should help speed up what’s been a lengthy rebuilding process.

Grayson Allen will address tripping incidents with NBA teams prior to draft

  Grayson Allen will address tripping incidents with NBA teams prior to draft Allen averaged 15.5 points per game on a Duke team that went 29-8 and advanced to the Elite Eight last season . He does not appear in the first round of Sporting News' latest 2018 NBA Mock Draft.

The NBA Draft Lottery brings a lot of drama to the stage, and as teams move up and down the board there are winners and losers . His face as they explained the Sixers/ Kings pick swap was awesome. Not many losers in this draft , but sorry Orlando.

2017 NBA Draft Lottery : The Instant Mock Draft . Winner : Lakers. 2017 NBA Draft Combine Stock Watch. Winners and Losers (Mostly Winners ): Kings . The phrase “Philadelphia jumps up thanks to its pick swap with Sacramento” surely made the Kings ’ fanbase collectively shudder.

Which prospect will that be? Well, that answer figures to be the subject of a lengthy debate.

NBA fans hoping for a fun draft debate

Oftentimes, there’s a pretty clear selection at No. 1. It can make the pre-draft process a bit less interesting. In other years, there’s a drive to drum up a somewhat phony competition for the pick. (Hello, Brandon Ingram!)

Then, there’s the rare year with a real debate. This year is one of those years.

Phoenix will have a difficult decision to make between the two prohibitive favorites, Ayton and Doncic. Ayton went to school at Arizona where Suns owner Robert Sarver is an alum. Presumably Phoenix’s front office has seen more than its fair share of the 7-footer.

Then, there’s Doncic. The Suns just hired Igor Kokoskov to be their head coach. The 46-year-old coached Doncic and Slovenia to a EuroBasket title last summer. He’ll have unique insight into the 19-year-old prodigy.

For NBA fans interested in the draft, the push and pull between Ayton and Doncic as they battle to be the first name called on June 21 should create an interesting storyline as the playoffs wind down.

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  NBA Draft 2018: Suns GM says team is open to trading No. 1 pick Phoenix won the draft lottery after it finished 2017-18 with a 21-61 record and missed the playoffs for the eighth straight season. Suns general manager Ryan McDonough told ESPN he would consider including the draft’s top selection in the right deal."We're certainly open to [a trade],” McDonough said. “I think if you look around the NBA, as far as the veteran players, there are probably a few players we'd consider trading the pick for … So it'll be a busy month for us."The Suns are expected to select either Arizona big man Deandre Ayton or Slovenian guard Luka Doncic if they do keep the pick. Ayton averaged 20.

Losers : Ex- Lottery Picks (and Their Teams). Nelson and Ennis aren’t exactly big-time acquisitions, but the Pistons are going all in, and every bit helps. Winner : Phoenix Suns .

Chicago Bulls. Cleveland Cavaliers. Detroit Pistons . Milwaukee Bucks. Indiana Pacers. Here are the winners and losers from this year's draft lottery . Losers : Phoenix Suns . The Suns had the second-highest odds of landing the No. 1 pick, and had better than a 55 percent chance of creeping

NBA Draft lottery losers

The Mavericks fall into a tough position

While the Hawks only had a 0.3 percent worse chance of landing a top-three pick than Dallas, the draft lottery results still had to sting the heart of the Texas franchise. The Mavericks fell two spots in the projected order, from No. 3 to No. 5, on Tuesday.

With Dirk Nowitzki entering the twilight of his career, Dallas is embarking on a true rebuilding phase for the first time in nearly two decades. Landing a top-three pick would have helped quite a bit.

Now, sitting at No. 5, the Mavericks project to be in a difficult position. Assuming the top four falls as expected — with Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III, Luka Doncic and Jaren Jackson Jr. coming off the board in some order — Dallas will be forced into a tough choice. The top prospect on our big board here would be Oklahoma’s Trae Young, but the Mavericks selected Dennis Smith Jr. with a top-10 pick last year.

Texas’s Mohamed Bamba and Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr. would be other rational choices. Both come with serious risk, however. Bamba’s offensive game is a mess, and Porter’s injury history is a concern. Staying put and being able to latch onto one of the top four would have been a much better result.

The Grizzlies suffered a similar fate, but staying in the top four at least gives them a softer landing.

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The 2016 NBA Draft Lottery was a highly anticipated event that ended up being rather uninteresting as the lottery order stayed chalk, finishing exactly as NBA Draft Lottery winners and losers : Lakers, Kings come out on top.

Winners And Losers From The NBA Draft Lottery . Winners and Losers (Mostly Winners ): Kings . The phrase “Philadelphia jumps up thanks to its pick swap with Sacramento” surely made the Kings ’ fanbase collectively shudder.

The Celtics miss out on a top-five pick

It’s tough to call a team that went up 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night a loser, but vaulting into the top five thanks to the Lakers would have been the cherry on top. As part of the Markelle Fultz-Jayson Tatum swap last summer, Boston would have received Los Angeles’ pick had it fallen between No. 2 and No. 5 in the lottery.

Unfortunately, it stayed put at No. 10, so the Celtics will receive the higher pick between the 76ers and Kings next year with a caveat that it cannot be No. 1 overall.

That doesn’t sound so bad since the Sacramento pick is virtually unprotected, and the Kings should still be pretty bad, but early returns on next year’s draft class are less promising. There are a number of fine players expected to be in the 2019 group, including R.J. Barrett, Nassir Little and Zion Williamson, but the value of a top-five pick this year would have much higher in terms of projectable upside.

But don’t fret too much Boston fans. You’re still up 2-0 over the Cavaliers, and the evidence provided by Tatum and Fultz suggests you’ll end up on the right side of history in the swap despite missing out in 2018.

The Pistons don’t get lucky

Detroit traded its first-rounder to the Clippers this season as part of a deal for Blake Griffin, but had the selection landed in the top three, it would have stayed in the Motor City. While there was only a 2.5 percent chance of that outcome — the rough equivalent of hitting any single card on the river in a poker game — the result still stings.

Barring any trades, the Pistons’ roster is functionally set for 2018-19, as the team already projects to be nearly $17 million over the cap. Most new signings would push them into the luxury tax, an almost certain no-no for a non-contender.

Landing a pick in the 2018 NBA Draft would have been a luxury for a front office without much flexibility and a roster seemingly designed to win now, but sometimes the ping pong balls don’t bounce your way, and the midseason superstar trade you made turns out to look just as bad as everyone thought.

NBA Draft 2018: Suns GM says there's an 'overwhelming likelihood' team keeps No. 1 pick .
The Suns finished the 2017-18 season with the worst record in the NBA and won the draft lottery in mid-May. Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said after the lottery the team was open to trading out of the draft’s top spot. But, that no longer appears to be the case.“There’s a very small grouping of players we’d consider trading it for,” McDonough said Friday (via “It would have to be a proven young star player with multiple years on his contract or multiple years of team control.


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