While many teams are looking to make the final push to the NBA knockouts in the final two months of the season, there are several teams that have moved away from the playoff race and into the future.
Those teams will be waiting for the ping pong balls in the NBA Draft Lottery, as they hope to draft a franchise platform in the 2022 NBA Draft.
With the NBA’s new format giving the three worst teams in the league a 14% chance of picking 1st place, here’s how the top lottery draw could happen:
The Pacers have embraced a tank this season, swapping in Domantas Sabonis and Caris LeVert on trade deadlines, but they have acquired a solid youngster Tyrese Haliburton from the Sacramento Kings.
The Pacers have the fifth-worst record in the NBA, but Tankathon leaves them with the easiest schedule for the remainder of the 2021-22 season. For that reason, Indiana may pick too many wins to end up with the highest odds in the draft.
Oklahoma City is second best team in the NBA compared to the spreadbut it has the fourth worst record in the league.
However, in 2021 first-round pick, Josh Giddey has been fantastic this season, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will return at some point after the All-Star break. The SGA alone can beat the Thunder out of one of the three worst records in the NBA.
Orlando currently has the worst record in the NBA, and it was slated to make the top three for the lottery, but it has a pretty easy schedule in the long run.
Magic have only played the teams on this list six times in their 22 matches, which could have resulted in some of the victories they struggled to come up with. They’ll still be racing for the No. 1 spot, but don’t be surprised if Orlando climbs out of the basement in the final two months.
The Detroit Pistons had the No. 1 pick last season, picking keeper Cade Cunningham, and they could find themselves in the same spot again this season.
Detroit is just one game ahead of the Orlando Magic in the rankings, and it’s gone all-in, placing 29th offensively and 25th defensively this season. If the Pistons had taken a longer look at some of their young players instead of playing veteran Jerami Grant, we would have known what the target was in mind.
The Rockets may have the third-worst record in the NBA right now, but I think they’re the worst team in the league. This team ranks 30th in defense rating and 27th in attack rating despite playing at the fastest pace in the league.
Houston will be sacked if they continue to play weakly defensively, and they have the 11th toughest schedule this season.
The Rockets will be able to get Jalen Green as a companion this season.
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