NBA Draft Lottery Cheat Sheet

The NBA Draft Lottery is the most confusing way to decide a draft order we’ve ever seen. They’re the only ones that do it this way and we’re pretty sure there’s a reason why.

The top three picks are determined by a lottery. Who goes into the lottery? The 14 teams that missed the playoffs. Each has a higher chance of getting the first pick if they had a worse record that year, hence why losing teams start to talk about tanking. 

Once the top three teams are set, the rest of the first round’s order is determined by the win-loss record of each team. 

The NBA Draft Lottery takes place tonight at 7:30pm ET from Chicago. The Phoenix Suns have the best probability to get the first pick.

Sources: Wikipedia, CBS, NBA