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Saturday / September 23.
  • Charlotte Has a 25 Percent Chance at Anthony Davis

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    According to statistics released today by the NBA (see below), the woeful Charlotte Bobcats stand a 25 percent of landing the No. 1 pick at the upcoming NBA Draft lottery.

    Kentucky freshman forward Anthony Davis, the consensus National Player of the Year, is expected to be that No. 1 pick and the Bobcats better hope they get him.

    Michael Jordan’s club finished the season 7-59 and with 23 straight losses. Their winning percentage was the worst in NBA history.

    “The best thing that can happen is for all the Ping-Pong balls to fall their way, get the No. 1 pick, pick the kid from Kentucky and they’re on their way,” former NBA coach and current TNT analyst Mike Fratello told the New York Times.

    The last NCAA champion to be the No. 1 pick was current Tulsa head coach Danny Manning in 1988. Davis and the Wildcats won the NCAA championship earlier this month in New Orleans.

    The Washington Wizards have a 20 percent chance of landing the No. 1 pick and the Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans Hornets both have about a 14 percent chance.


    The teams entered in the lottery, to be held on May 30, 2012, are as follows (note: the first three picks in the Draft will be determined by the lottery and the remainder of the “lottery teams” will select in positions 4 through 14 in inverse order of their consolidated standings at the end of the regular season):

    Charlotte        7-59	250
    Washington	20-46	199
    Cleveland	21-45	138
    New Orleans	21-45	137
    Sacramento	22-44	76
    New Jersey*	22-44	75
    Golden State#	23-43	36
    Toronto	        23-43	35
    Detroit	        25-41	17
    Minnesota (To New Orleans via LA Clippers)	26-40	11
    Portland	28-38	8
    Milwaukee	31-35	7
    Phoenix	        33-33	6
    Houston	        34-32	5
    The order for the remainder of the first round picks is as follows:
    15. Philadelphia	35-31
    16. New York (To Houston)	36-30
    17. Dallas	36-30
    18. Utah (To Minnesota)	36-30
    19. Orlando	37-29
    20. Denver	38-28
    21. Boston	39-27
    22. LA Clippers (To Boston via OKC)	40-26
    23. Atlanta	40-26
    24. LA Lakers (To Cleveland)	41-25
    25. Memphis	41-25
    26. Indiana 42-24
    27. Miami	46-20
    28. Oklahoma City	47-19
    29. Chicago	50-16
    30. San Antonio (To Golden State)	50-16
    * This pick may be conveyed to Portland.
    # This pick may be conveyed to Utah via New Jersey.
    31.	Charlotte
    32.	Washington
    33/34.	New Orleans (To Cleveland via Miami)
    33/34.	Cleveland
    35/36.	New Jersey (To Golden State)
    35/36.	Sacramento
    37/38.	Toronto
    37/38.	Golden State (To Denver via New York)
    39.	Detroit
    40.	Minnesota (To Portland via Houston)
    41.	Portland
    42.	Milwaukee
    43.	Phoenix (To Atlanta)
    44.	Houston (To Detroit)
    45.	Philadelphia
    46.	Dallas (To Washington)
    47.	Utah
    48.	New York
    49.	Orlando
    50.	Denver
    51.	Boston
    52.	Atlanta (To Golden State)
    53.	LA Clippers
    54.	Memphis (To Philadelphia)
    55.	LA Lakers (To Dallas)
    56.	Indiana (To Toronto)
    57.	Miami (To New Jersey)
    58.	Oklahoma City (To Minnesota)
    59.	San Antonio
    60.	Chicago (To New Jersey via Milwaukee or to LA Lakers via New
    Jersey and Milwaukee)
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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.