Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Who wore his lucky undies in the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery?

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The Phoenix Suns, a franchise that has never picked first overall, had the best odds of winning the top pick entering the National Basketball Association draft lottery Tuesday night in Chicago, and wound up getting it.

Barring a trade, this will be the Suns' first No. 1 overall pick in franchise history.

"It's a historic day for the franchise", Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said while clutching the No. 1 envelope that the Suns logo appeared from to win the first pick. The Sacramento Kings were able to walk away with the No. 2 overall despite not having a top three probability of receiving that pick, while the Atlanta Hawks walked away with pick No. 3.

The 2018 NBA Draft will be held on Thursday, June 21, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and televised on ESPN at 4 p.m. (Phoenix time). "I coached Luka", Kokoskov told local media. The Dallas Mavericks will pick fifth overall. Kokoskov coached worldwide prospect and consensus top three pick, Luka Doncic, overseas and could try to reunite in the desert.

Altman, who is attending Game 2 of the Conference Finals, spoke to Cleveland.com about the pick and revealed that they absolutely plan to explore the young players in the Draft and see who they can select. Since 1966, 10 first overall picks have become NBA MVP award winners and 14 are Hall of Famers, not counting several more who are certain to be inducted once eligible.

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The Detroit Pistons didn't jump up from the 12th pick, either - meaning that their first-round selection went to the Los Angeles Clippers (also owners of the 13th pick) as part of the Blake Griffin trade earlier this season.

The rest of the draft order has already been determined by worst to best record among playoff teams, with the Washington Wizards holding the No. 15 pick.

The lottery has been around since 1985, was tweaked to a weighted system in 1990 and will be changing again next year in an effort to discourage teams from tanking.

The 2018 draft is the last to use the current lottery system, as the teams with the three worst records will share the same chance (14 percent) of receiving the No. 1 overall pick beginning with next year's draft.

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