No guarantee Nets will get first draft pick

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:53 PM ET

While the odds favour New Jersey, there’s no guarantee the Nets will emerge from Tuesday night’s NBA lottery with the first overall pick in next month’s draft.

While there’s the remote possibility of the Raptors having their ping-pong ball pop up, no team has won it by having the 10th-best chance or worse.

It’ll all unfold at the league’s entertainment hub in Secaucus, N.J., where the order of selection for the June 24 draft will be determined.

The Nets have a 25% probability of getting their hands on the No. 1 pick, which will likely be Kentucky guard John Wall.

Keep in mind, though, the league’s worst team has ended up winning the draft lottery only twice since 1994.

Under the current format, the lowest team to win the lottery was Chicago, which had the ninth-best chance two years ago and wound up with Derrick Rose, who has quickly evolved into a franchise point guard with the Bulls.

Also note that the lottery is designed to establish the first three picks in the draft.

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The following is a look at the number of combinations — out of 1,000 — assigned to each team in winning the lottery. Team records are in brackets.

1. New Jersey (12-70) 250

2. Minnesota (15-67) 199

3. Sacramento (25-57) 156

4. Golden State (26-56) 104

5. Washington (26-56) 103

6. Philadelphia (27-55) 53

7. Detroit (27-55) 53

8. LA Clippers (29-53) 23

9. New York (29-53) 22

10. Indiana (32-50) 11

11. New Orleans (37-45) 8

12. Memphis (40-42) 7

13. TORONTO (40-42) 6

14. Houston (42-40) 5


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