Charlotte Hornets: NBA Draft Lottery Set For Tonight


Tonight is the NBA Draft Lottery, when the Charlotte Hornets and other teams that missed the playoffs will get to see which way the ping pong balls bounce. If they bounce favorably, then maybe the Hornets will find their way out of the ninth pick and into the top 3.

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Every lottery team sends a representative to the Draft Lottery. Some teams send players, some send executives, and some send the kids of the ownership. Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert’s son has been a visitor to a couple of these draft lottery gatherings. The Hornets will be sending Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to stand in for the team at 8:30 PM on ESPN. He will be joined by others like Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook. According to reports by Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated, Indiana will send Hall of Famer Larry Bird and Miami will send former Charlotte Hornet Alonzo Mourning.

The most interested parties watching the Draft Lottery may well be Duke’s Jahlil Okafor and Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns. These two big men are considered to be the top two picks available regardless of the team owning the pick.

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The NBA Draft Lottery process has always been under scrutiny, since there are people who believe the balls are rigged. In is the thirtieth anniversary of the very first NBA lottery, when the NBA supposedly froze the envelope in order for the New York Knicks to win and draft Patrick Ewing. Such examples though are limited at best.

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    The draft lottery barely takes thirty minutes, and you could miss the first twenty and not miss the final reveal. The key moment will be the reveal of the number nine pick. If the Hornets are not revealed at that point then they are in the top three. The Hornets have a 1.7% chance of winning the top overall pick.

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