Pre-Pre-Draftin’: 2021 NBA Draft Lottery – Broadcast Info, Odds, Thread

I’ve spewed enough thoughts about the lottery on this site, so let’s just do this thing!

Broadcast Info

The 2021 NBA Draft Lottery will be held at 7:30 p.m. CT on ESPN

Team Odds

•   Houston – 52.1 percent chance at Top-4, 14.0 percent chance at No. 1
•   Detroit – 52.1%, 14.0%
•   Orlando – 52.1%, 14.0%
•   OKC – 45.1%, 11.5%
•   Cleveland – 45.1%, 11.5%
•   Minnesota – 37.2%, 9.0%
•   Toronto – 31.9%, 7.5%
•   Chicago – 20.3%, 4.5%
•   Sacramento – 20.3%, 4.5%
•   New Orleans – 20.3%, 4.5%
•   Charlotte – 8.5%, 1.8%
•   San Antonio – 8.0%, 1.7%
•   Indiana – 4.8%, 1.0%
•   Golden State – 2.4%, 0.5%

Team Representatives

Houston: Hakeem Olajuwon
Detroit: Ben Wallace
Orlando: Jeff Weltman (President of Basketball Operations)
Oklahoma City: Nazr Mohammed (former-Bull who shoved LeBron and Thunder Exec)
Cleveland: Koby Altman (GM)
Minnesota: Anthony Edwards
Toronto: Fred VanVleet
Chicago: Marc Eversley
Sacramento: Monte McNair (GM)
New Orleans: Swin Cash (VP of basketball Ops)
Charlotte: Miles Bridges
San Antonio: Peter J. Holt (Managing Partner)
Indiana: Nancy Leonard (Former Pacers Exec)
Golden State: Rick Welts (President)

Things to Keep in Mind …

•   The Bulls have been benefited from the lottery gods before. In fact, we saw this happen just last year after the organization had only a 31.9 percent chance to land inside the Top-4. Of course, we also saw this happen before Derrick Rose was selected No. 1 overall in the 2008 NBA Draft. The Bulls had just a 1.7 percent chance at making that selection.

•   If the Bulls do luck into keeping this season’s pick, the rights to the organization’s 2022 first-round pick will go to the Magic with a top-3 protection. Then, because the NBA prohibits teams from not owning a first-round pick in back-to-back seasons, the 2023 first-round pick sent in the Vucevic deal would be pushed back to 2024. I think got that right. 

•   There is a pretty clear top-4 in the 2021 NBA Draft, and those names include Cade Cunningham, Jalen Suggs, Evan Mobley, and Jalen Green. Depending on what happens with the Bulls tonight, we will do a deeper dive on those players later on.

•   If the Bulls do not keep their pick tonight, let’s remember there is always a possibility the front office trades into the first round. Karnisovas has shown us before that he is not afraid to be aggressive for a player (or coach) that he likes. Perhaps someone is still around in the late first-round that he views as a strong future piece.

•   Bulls also have a second-round pick (No. 38) in this draft. Read more about that here.

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Elias Schuster is the Lead Chicago Bulls writer at Bleacher Nation. He started with BN full-time in 2019 immediately after graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a degree in Journalism (yes, he started with the Jim Boylen Era). Since joining, Elias has been the driving force behind Bulls and NBA content for both the site and social accounts. You can follow him on Twitter/X @Schuster_Elias.

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