New Orleans and new Executive Vice President of Basketball operations David Griffin won't have to be as lucky as other teams further back in the lottery odds, but with only a 7.5 percent likelihood of landing the first overall pick, they will need at least a little luck.
The Grizzlies owe their pick to the Celtics if it falls outside the top eight.
But starting this year, the National Basketball Association changed the odds.
After drawings determine the top four teams, the other lottery teams will pick in inverse order of regular season record when the NBA Draft is held on June 20. This was done to discourage teams from losing intentionally to help their lottery odds, though it's unclear whether it helped on that front.
Now, after a disappointing season, Minnesota will look to grab a pick in the top-four. Having four picks this year is probably the worst possible outcome for Boston. The Wolves could also land anywhere from No. 12 to 14 in the unlikely event that two or more teams jump them.
During this six-year stretch, Kuzma will be the first current player to represent the Lakers. That was because the first three picks were the only ones determined by the lottery. Who doesn't think that they're the best?
Zion is the clear No. 1 overall player. In that case, the pick would go to the Philadelphia 76ers, and Boston would get Philly's pick at No. 24. NY has been the long-rumored destination for Golden State forward Kevin Durant while Boston point guard Kyrie Irving could also wind up with the Knicks.
The draft lottery is at 8:30 pm on ESPN. It seems more likely the team can improve in free agency and with a mid-first round pick.