Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Sixers to learn draft fate Tuesday in National Basketball Association lottery

After a woeful 25-57 season, the Orlando Magic is one of the 14 non-playoff teams entered in the lottery to determine this year's NBA Draft order. We don't want anybody running off with that, so I'll have that in my possession the entire evening. The team with the highest lottery odds is guaranteed at top four pick and the team with the lowest odds will end up with the 14th pick unless it gets one of the top three picks. We've tried everything in the past: lucky coins, four-leaf clovers, rabbit's feet, Lucky Charms cereal. But even he would readily acknowledge how important the lottery is to the Magic, a franchise in need of a jump-start.

9 ... Pre-lottery slot in the 2014 NBA Draft before winning the No. 1 pick just a few weeks earlier in the Lottery.

Put another way, if C's don't secure the Lakers' 2018 pick, they'll have at least an 86 percent chance of acquiring the Kings' 2019 pick. Many collegiate stars like DeAndre Ayton, Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley III, and more will be available in this year's draft.

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The Celtics swung a 2017 draft night trade with the Philadelphia 76ers that not only netted them Jayson Tatum, but also set them up to receive the Los Angeles Lakers' 2018 first-round pick if it falls between No. 2 and No. 5. They'll need a lot more luck this time around, though.

16 ... times the Cavaliers have had a pick in the Draft Lottery since 1987.

O'Neal, Hardaway and Howard became cornerstone players. So far, only Oladipo has developed into an All-Star, but Oladipo reached All-Star status as a member of the Indiana Pacers.

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In 2015, the Magic relocated him from the dais to the secluded room where the pingpong balls are drawn from the lottery machine.

This is done for the first three picks. "We talk about the things that we will like to do with our roster internally".

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