It’s NBA Draft lottery day.
Tonight, coincidentally in Chicago, the NBA will use 14 of the finest ping pong balls in the land to determine the draft order of the non-playoff team slots. Each ping pong ball is numbered 1-14 and then four ping pong balls are selected. Each lottery team is assigned a certain amount of four-number combinations out of the 1,001 possible combinations based on their lottery odds (the Chicago Bulls finished with the fourth-worst record in the NBA last season so they’ll own 12.5 percent of the 1,001 total combinations).
Here’s everything you need to know.
The When and Where
The draft lottery is Tuesday evening at 7:30 central before Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Tune in to ESPN to catch all the ‘action’, which is somehow wringing out a half hour of programming out of reading 14 team names.
The Chicago Bulls have a 12.5 percent chance of landing the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft after finishing last season with the fourth-worst record in the NBA.
The Bulls have a 36.6 percent chance of getting a top three pick, a 48.1 percent chance of securing a top-four pick, and the lowest they could fall is to No. 8. Here’s how it breaks down in terms of the chance each team gets every pick.
It’s slightly frightening that the bulls have a 25.7 percent chance of ending up with the No. 6 pick.
Former player and four-time NBA champion Horace Grant will represent the Chicago Bulls at the NBA lottery.
“I’m honored the Bulls chose me to represent the organization because I also feel I’ve had a lot of luck in my life, especially in 1987 when the Bulls picked me in the draft.”
Please wear the lucky goggles Horace!
Joey Reinsdorf, grandson of Jerry, will witness the lottery drawing backstage.
Bulls lottery representatives in the recent past have been Michael Reinsdorf in 2018, Jimmy Butler in 2016, and Rose-winner Executive Vice President of Business Operations Steve Schanwald in 2008.
What’s at Stake:
The Bulls are in a rebuild and high draft picks are gold.
The upcoming draft isn’t deep and in terms of superstar potential it’s a two man draft at least on paper. Everybody wants Zion Williamson at No. 1. Ja Morant would be an amazing pickup for a team that needs point guard help like Chicago.
Other point guards expected to go around when the Bulls are picking including Darius Garland from Vanderbilt and Coby White from North Carolina.
In order to get the No. 1 pick and have the privilege of drafting Zion Williamson, the Chicago Bulls need only defy 12.5 percent lottery odds.
In 2008, the Bulls had a 1.7 percent chance of moving up from No. 9 to secure the No. 1 pick. The Bulls used that pick on Derrick Rose who was a franchise changer albeit for only a finite amount of time due to debilitating knee injuries.