Forget the Powerball. Basketball fans are hoping their team has the lucky numbers for the NBA Draft Lottery. The drawing for the chance to win the No. 1 draft pick goes down on May 17 and HollywoodLife.com wants you to see it! Click to watch.
This isn’t The Hunger Games but 14 NBA teams are praying that the odds are in their favor. It’s time for the game of chance that is the NBA Draft Lottery, and the shot to pick a future-legend is up for grabs! Will a long shot score the No. 1 draft pick, or will a horrible team finally get a lucky break?
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The NBA will be in an “Empire State of Mind” as it holds it NBA Draft Lottery from the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan on May 17. Teams hoping for a chance to get first pick at some hot basketball talent will hope they have the winning numbers. It all goes down at 8:00 P.M. EST so after taking look at some of the future hunks of the NBA, be ready to watch this exciting event!
Instead of just letting the worst team of the league get first pick, the top 3 picks will be up for grabs via a lotto (click here to find out all the details.) The Philadelphia 76ers, which finished dead last with a pitiful record of 10-72, have a 25% of winning the top pick, according to SB Nation.
However, if they blow that chance like one of their 72 losses, they could possibly in. The Sacramento Kings will have to hand over the No. 1 pick to Philly if they win it. And if the 17-65 Los Angeles Lakers fail to win a Top 3 draft pick, they’ll hand over the No. 4 pick to the 76ers.
Who will be the overall No. 1 draft pick? Early speculation thinks it’ll come down between Ben Simmons, 19, of LSU or Brandon Ingram, 18, of Duke, according to the Bleacher Report. Ben may need some help on his jump shot and his defense, but the forward is one of the most versatile players in the 2016 Draft. Meanwhile, Brandon is considered an elite scorer who could rack up the points like he was the league’s MVP, Stephen Curry, 28.
The actual 2016 NBA Draft will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on June 23. Though it’s happening in their hometown, the Brooklyn Nets won’t get a pick in the first round, according to the Daily News. They traded it away to the Boston Celtics. The New York Knicks aren’t in any better shape, as they traded away their picks to the Denver Nuggets. Yikes.
Who do you want to win the No. 1 lotto pick, HollywoodLifers?