The NBA Draft Lottery
is an annual event held by the National Basketball Association
(NBA) in which the teams who had missed the playoffs
in the previous season, or teams who hold the draft rights of another team that missed the playoffs
in the previous season, participate in a lottery process to determine the draft
order in the NBA Draft
. In the NBA Draft, the teams obtain the rights to amateur U.S. college basketball
players and other eligible players
, including international players. The lottery winner would get the first selection
in the draft. The term "lottery pick" denotes a draft pick whose position is determined through the lottery, while the non-playoff teams involved in the process are often called "lottery teams".
In the current rules, 14 teams participate in the Draft Lottery. The lottery is weighted so that the team with the worst record, or the team that holds the draft rights of the team with the worst record, has the best chance to obtain a higher draft pick. The lottery process determines the first three picks of the draft. The rest of the first-round draft order is in reverse order of the win-loss record for the remaining teams, or the teams who originally held the lottery rights if they were traded. The lottery does not determine the draft order in the subsequent rounds of the draft.
Before 1985: Territorial picks and coin flip
In the earlier drafts, the teams would draft in reverse order of their win-loss record. However,... Read More