I’ve spewed enough thoughts about the lottery on this site, so let’s just do this thing!
Top-4 here we come 😏 pic.twitter.com/OstnBmax2N
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) June 22, 2021
The 2021 NBA Draft Lottery will be held at 7:30 p.m. CT on ESPN
• 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%
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)
GM Marc Eversley will represent us at the Draft Lottery tonight 🙏 pic.twitter.com/YVEKDeo4Ho
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) June 22, 2021
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.