Elton Brand to represent Sixers at NBA Draft Lottery

'Hopefully we get very lucky': Celtics choose draft lottery representatives

'Hopefully we get very lucky': Celtics choose draft lottery representatives

The NBA Draft Lottery is theater at its finest, rivaled only by the World Cup draw in terms of mining drama out of the selection of ping pong balls. A nephew's fidget spinner.

The likely spot for the Magic to land is either No. 5 or No. 6.

This year, the Magic will rely on a decades-old, talking Lil' Penny doll.

Pat Williams, a co-founder of the Magic, intends to carry the toy into Chicago's Palmer House Hilton for the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night. With a 1.7 percent chance of getting the top pick, the Bulls got lucky, drawing the first ping-pong ball, and then taking Rose with the top pick. The doll will sit close by. The team has missed the playoffs for six consecutive seasons and is making its sixth consecutive trip to the lottery. The team will have an 8.4 percent chance of receiving the seventh pick and a 0.4 percent chance of receiving the eighth pick.


Three times in lottery has team with the sixth-worst record ended up with the No. 1 pick.

The NBA conducts the lottery behind closed doors with representatives from each team, media members, NBA officials and an accounting firm.

That's good news for Doug, as he believes there is only one choice for the Suns if Arizona's Deandre Ayton is available. But for the Magic, a team that desperately needs a talent infusion, nabbing a top-three pick this year would be crucial. Yet Derrick Rose proved to be one of the most electrifying players in franchise history before injuries, won an MVP, and ushered in a stretch where the Bulls were standing in the NBA's top group of teams.

So Williams and the Magic can use all the luck they can get their hands on Tuesday. If it does not, Boston will receive the Sacramento Kings' or Sixers' first-round pick in 2019.

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