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Magic looking for chance to fight their way into NBA Draft lottery – The Denver Post

The Orlando Magic knows as well as any other team the luck and misfortune that can come with the NBA Draft lottery.

They will hope luck will turn their way for the first time in over a decade in the 38th edition of the lottery on Tuesday. The lottery will begin at 8 p.m. in Chicago and will air on ESPN.

The Magic were very lucky in their early days, earning back-to-back No. 1 picks in 1992 and 1993 — picks that led Orlando to sign Shaquille O’Neal and acquire Penny Hardaway, the kingpins of the Magic’s first success. in the mid 90’s.

The Magic went on to win the 2004 lottery, leading to the draft of Dwight Howard, the backbone of six straight playoff appearances, including the 2009 Finals.

Since then, the Magic have stayed or fallen from their pre-lottery positioning.

While it’s unclear whether this year’s draft class will have the kind of franchise-changing prospects that could propel the Magic to similar success to what they’ve enjoyed in previous decades, better positioning in the lottery – or even winning it – would help set them up for greater success after finishing the 2021-22 season with their worst record since 2012-13.

“Our goals remain the same, which are to develop these young guys,” Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman said during an interview on FM 96.9 The Game’s Open Mike with Orlando’s Mike Bianchi. Sentinel. “Everyone says you need stars in this league. Sometimes stars don’t always reveal themselves instantly.

“There are still assessments to be made. There are still a lot of improvements our guys need to make and it’s going to take a lot of work. And it will take time. I don’t really think we recalibrate our goals at the start of the season. We’re increasing them, we’re challenging our guys to improve and, from a team-building perspective, obviously, we’ll be looking to add more. well [soon] find out in about a month where we sit in the lottery and it’s going to be an exciting offseason.

Here are three things to know before Tuesday:

Magic lottery odds

The Magic are tied for the best chance (14%) of winning the No. 1 draft pick.

With the league’s second-worst record at 22-60, Orlando has a 52.1% chance of earning a top-four pick in the June 23 draft. The pick won’t fall below No. 6.

Magic’s chance of landing in spots #1-6: #1: 14.0%; No. 2: 13.4%; No. 3: 12.7%; No. 4: 12%; No. 5: 27.8%; No. 6: 20%.

How they behaved in the past

After early lottery success, the Magic failed to move up the draft order in their final nine tries. Here is Orlando’s history with the lottery:

2021 — 5th (3rd in pre-lottery positioning); 2018 — 6th (6th); 2017 — 6th (5th); 2016 — 11th (11th); 2015 — 5th (5th); 2014 — 4th (3rd); 2013 — 2nd (1st); 2006 — 11th (11th); 2005 — 11th (11th); 2004 — 1st (1st); 2000 — 5th (3rd); 1998 — 12th (12th); 1993 — 1st (11th); 1992 – 1st 2nd); 1991 — 10th (10th); 1990 — 3rd (4th).

Lottery format

Random draws are conducted to determine the top four draft picks. The rest of the lottery teams will get draft picks in points 5-14 in reverse order of their regular season records.

Under the format that began with the 2019 draft, the team with the worst record (Houston Rockets) will receive no worse than the fifth pick.

The Magic, along with the Rockets and Detroit Pistons — the team with the three worst records — all have a 14% chance of winning the lottery under the current format.

During the previous format, the team with the worst record had 25% of getting the No. 1 pick.

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