The Dallas Mavericks have had a tough time adding to the win column this season, which is bad news for their playoff hopes but great news for more ping pong balls and a better draft pick. But are they bad enough? Let’s take a look.
First though, a brief explanation of how this works. If a team misses the playoffs, they are automatically qualified for the lottery. As of January 11th, the Mavs have 0.9 percent chance of making the playoffs, according to ESPN’s BPI playoff odds. The more games a team loses, the more ping pong balls they get. The top three picks are awarded by the drawing of ping pong balls while 4-14 are sorted by record. The team with the worst record has a 25 percent chance of landing the No. 1 pick. The 2018 NBA draft is the final year of this system before the draft reform kicks in the following year.
Alright. So let’s take a look.
Mavs’ odds to land the top overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft
*All information is as of January 11, 2017
Mavs record: 15-28
Rank in Western Conference: 12th (out of 15)
Rank in NBA: 25th (out of 30)
Chance at the No. 1 pick: 6.3%
Chance at a top three pick: 21.4%
Teams ahead of Mavs in the lottery race (from worst to best): Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Lakers (their pick goes to the Boston Celtics).
Full look at the lottery:
Los Angeles Lakers (pick goes to Celtics)
Brooklyn Nets (pick goes to Cavaliers)
New York Knicks
Los Angeles Clippers
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