For the first time in the last five years, the Washington Wizards will not be participating in tonight’s NBA Draft lottery and for all of the right reasons. Washington advanced to Eastern Conference semi-finals for the first time in 35 years and did so by trading their first round selection to the Phoenix Suns for center Marcin Gortat. If Gortat resigns with the Wizards, the deal would appear to be worthwhile. This Draft class, however, has been rumored to be spectacular with likes of Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, and Joel Embiid headlining the group.
The Milwaukee Bucks hold the best odds of being awarded the draft’s top selection followed closely behind by a number of teams such as the Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic, and Utah Jazz. What will be even more interesting to see is where the major media markets are awarded draft picks. For the first time in many years, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers will be in the lottery and the two teams hold the 5th and 6th best chances respectively. Both teams are looking to rebuild their historic franchise back into NBA contenders and it all begins with Tonight’s NBA Draft Lottery.
The Wizards will have their first selection in the second round where they will hope to build on their excellent 2013-14 campaign.