Bobcats eye victory in NBA draft lottery

HISTORY is not favoring the Charlotte Bobcats to win the NBA draft lottery on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).

The Bobcats finished with the worst winning percentage in league history (.106) after going 7-59 in the labor-shortened regular season. Nonetheless, they have a 25 percent chance of getting this year’s top prospect Anthony Davis of Kentucky.

But the team with the worst record in the league hasn’t won the NBA lottery since 2004 – the year the Orlando Magic used the No. 1 pick to select Dwight Howard. Since then, the team with the worst record has received the second pick three times, the third pick once and the fourth pick three times.

If the Bobcats don’t get the first pick, their odds of winning the second pick drop to 21.5 percent. If they don’t get the No. 2 pick they have only a 17.7 percent chance of landing the third pick. They can draft no lower than fourth overall.

The Washington Wizards have a 19.9 percent chance of picking first, while Cleveland (13.8 percent) and New Orleans (13.7) have the next-best chances.

The lottery is back in New York for the first time since 1993, moving to the Disney/ABC Times Square Studio from its longtime home in Secaucus, N.J. because the NBA Entertainment facility there no longer houses a television studio. Noli Cruz


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