OK folks, it's time. Time to see if the same lucky charms that have consistently eluded the Washington Wizards in the NBA Draft lottery will grant them an unlikely top-three pick. This is your open thread for the 2013 NBA Draft lottery.
Here is everything you need to know about tonight's festivities:
- Time: 8:30 p.m. ET. The coverage window begins at 7:30.
- Channel: ESPN.
- Odds: The Wizards have a 3.5-percent chance at the No. 1 pick and a 12.4-percent chance to sneak into the top three. The most likely scenario (70.2 percent) is that they stay at No. 8. Here's our breakdown that details their chances in full.
- History: The Wizards have been in the lottery a whopping 16 times since it began in 1985. They have outperformed their expected finish just twice, when they won the lottery in 2001 (Kwame Brown) and 2010 (John Wall). They have finished according to expectations five times: 1989 (ninth), 1991 (eighth), 1994 (fifth), 2002 (11th) and 2003 (10th). They have finished below expectations nine times. Of those nine times, only once (last year) did they remain in the top three.
- Representative: The Wizards are sending Bradley Beal this time. Their representatives in the last four years: Zach Leonsis, Ted's son (2012), John Wall (2011), Irene Pollin (2010, the year they won) and Flip Saunders (2009).
- Conspiracy theory? Tom Ziller has one for all 14 teams.
- Other picks: The Wizards will also have the No. 37 and No. 54 picks in the second round, the latter of which came from the 2012 trade with the Knicks for Ronny Turiaf. Ernie Grunfeld has indicated that the team doesn't want to have three rookies on next year's roster.
OK guys, let's do this.