Magic win NBA draft lottery, Kings move up to No. 4
The Orlando Magic own the rights to the first overall selection in the 2022 NBA Draft after winning the lottery on Tuesday.
The Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, and Detroit Pistons round out the top five. Sacramento moved up three spots after entering the evening with the seventh-best odds of winning the lottery.
Orlando's last No. 1 overall selection came in 2004 when the team drafted Dwight Howard out of high school.
Both Houston and Detroit, who had the first- and third-best odds to win the lottery, respectively, fell two spots apiece.
Gonzaga standout Chet Holmgren, Auburn star Jabari Smith, and Duke forward Paolo Banchero form the projected top three for Orlando, Oklahoma City, and Houston to choose from. Any combination of Keegan Murray, Shaedon Sharpe, and Jaden Ivey could come off the board somewhere in the top-five range, if not higher.
|2||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|7||Portland Trail Blazers|
|8||Los Angeles Lakers (pick goes to New Orleans Pelicans)|
|9||San Antonio Spurs|
|11||New York Knicks|
|12||Los Angeles Clippers (pick goes to Oklahoma City Thunder)|
Indiana's No. 6 selection will mark the Pacers' highest draft choice since picking Rik Smits second overall in 1988.
The New Orleans Pelicans receive the Los Angeles Lakers' No. 8 selection as part of the Anthony Davis blockbuster trade in 2019. Meanwhile, the Thunder will make their second lottery selection at No. 12 after receiving the rights to the pick in the Paul George trade with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2019.
New York will draft at No. 11, marking the 18th straight season in which the Knicks failed to improve their draft positioning through the lottery, courtesy of ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The 2022 NBA Draft will be held on June 23 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.