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The Rockets, Magic and Pistons have the best chance at landing the No. 1 pick on Tuesday night.
The best teams in the NBA may be battling for a spot in the Finals as we speak, but the worst teams have their own competition to look forward to as well. On Tuesday, May 17, the 14 teams that missed the playoffs will vie for the top selection in the 2022 NBA Draft. They will do so not with basketballs, but with ping pong balls as their fate is left in the hands of the lottery gods.
An NBA championship may not be on the line directly Tuesday, but the next dozen will be impacted by who wins the lottery. Four of the past 10 Finals MVP awards have been won by a No. 1 pick (LeBron James) and two more have been won by a No. 2 pick (Kevin Durant). Get a pick at the top of the draft right and a team sets itself up for a decade or more of contention. Get it wrong, and, well, we'll see you back here next year. Here's everything you need to know as the lottery approaches.
The lottery does not actually determine the order of the entire first round or even the entire "lottery" section of it. Only the top four picks are determined via lottery, and all subsequent picks are awarded based on record. The lottery itself is built around ping pong balls. A total of 14 are placed in a machine, each with a number between one and 14. Four ping pong balls are drawn, and that creates a four-number combination that belongs to one of the 14 teams in the mix.
Each team is awarded a fixed number of combinations based on their record. There are 1,000 total combinations, and the three worst teams each receive 140 of them. The team that has the combination drawn first receives the No. 1 overall pick. The process is then repeated three more times to determine who will pick No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4. All of this takes place behind closed doors, with only representatives from the participating teams, the media and the accounting firm of Ernst & Young present for the drawing. The order has been determined by the time the broadcast begins, at which point NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum will pull the owners of each of the top 14 picks out of envelopes starting at No. 14 and working backward from there.