Draft Lottery By the Numbers presented by Betway
In numbers, presented by Bet– The NBA Draft lottery:
0.5 … percent chance the Cavaliers win the 2022 NBA lottery.
14 … Cavaliers pre-lottery position in 2022.
19 … different teams that have won the NBA lottery, with the Pistons winning their first in 2021.
2 …the teams that have won the Lottery two years in a row – the Magic in 1992 and ’93 and the Cavaliers in 2013 and ’14.
14.0 … percentage chance that Houston, Detroit, or Orlando — the same three teams from a season ago — will win the 2022 NBA lottery.
12.5 … percentage chance for the team with the next best odds, Oklahoma City – followed by Indiana (10.5), Portland (9.0), Sacramento (7.5) and the Lakers (6.0).
97.6 …percentage chance the Cavaliers stay at the No. 14 pick.
4 … years in a row that the lottery has been chalked up – from 2015 to 2018 – with the T-Wolves, Sixers, Nets and Suns taking those top picks respectively. The previous system – which was overhauled in 2019 – gave the first seed a 25% chance of winning, the second seed 19.9% and the third seed 15.6.
1.52 …percentage chance the Magic — which drafted Shaquille O’Neal and went 41-41 the previous season — would win the lottery in 1993, marking the biggest upset in NBA history, along with the Cavaliers in 2014 and the Bulls in 2008 with the next – most shocking (1.7%).
2.8 …percentage chance the Cavaliers — using the Clippers’ pick — had of winning the NBA lottery in 2011. They used the first pick on Kyrie Irving, who once scored the biggest hit in franchise history.
22.5 …percentage chance the Cavaliers had of winning the 2003 lottery, taking the top pick and selecting Akron native and future Hall of Famer LeBron James.
38 … seasons, including this year, that the lottery has existed – with the New York Knicks winning the initial draw in 1985 and using the first pick over Georgetown’s Patrick Ewing.
19.9 …percentage chance the Cavaliers – using their own pick – had of winning the NBA lottery on this date in 2011. They finished fourth and selected Tristan Thompson – who would rank 7th in franchise all-time history in games played (619) and 6th in total rebounds (5,393).
15.6 …percentage chance the Cavaliers had of winning the 2013 lottery, earning the No. 1 pick for the second time in three years and selecting UNLV’s Anthony Bennett with the pick.
1.7 …percentage chance the Cavaliers win the 2014 lottery – doing so and winning the rights to select Andrew Wiggins with the first overall pick. He was eventually wrapped up with the previous June’s top pick – Anthony Bennett – to acquire five-time All-Star Kevin Love from Minnesota.
3 …times the Cavaliers officially won the NBA lottery, tied with the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets and second behind the Clippers. The New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans, Timberwolves, Spurs, Wizards, Nets, Sixers, Bucks and Bulls have won it twice each.
5 … occasions the Clippers have OFFICIALLY won the NBA lottery. After two of those wins (2011 and 1986), the top picks ended up in Cleveland’s hands. In 2011, that pick was Kyrie Irving. In 1986, the Clips emerged victorious. But a deal with the Sixers in 1979 gave Philly the top pick in 1986. The Sixers – who went 53-28 the previous year – traded No. 1 overall to Cleveland for Roy Hinson and considerations in species, and the Cavs selected five-time All-Star, Brad Daugherty.