2011 NBA Draft Lottery: Good To Be Fifth?

The Kings have the fifth-best odds of winning today’s NBA Draft Lottery.  And based on history, that could be a good thing.  The team in said position has landed a top-three pick 10 times under the current system.

1st Overall Pick

2010Washington Wizards
2006Toronto Raptors
2002Houston Rockets
1995Golden State Warriors

2nd Overall Pick

2007Seattle SuperSonics
1998Vancouver Grizzlies
1997Philadelphia 76ers
1993Philadelphia 76ers

3rd Overall Pick

2005Portland Trailblazers
2001Atlanta Hawks

So how’s that rank against other top projected slots in the draft lottery era?

Projected SlotLottery Births

The Kings had the third-best odds of winning the lottery last year but ended up selecting fifth.  They had the best odds of winning in 2009 and fell to fourth.  If you believe in karmic justice, perhaps luck will be in the Kings favor today.


Jonathan Santiago
Jonathan Santiago serves Cowbell Kingdom as senior editor specializing in writing, podcasting and video production. He also handles the majority of CK’s day-to-day beat coverage of the Kings.

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