NBA draft lottery

What is it?

Tuesday’s unveiling of the top 14 picks in the June 25 draft. It involves ping-pong balls and a lottery machine. The latest version has been in place since 2004. The Cleveland Cavaliers have been the big winner two of the past three years.

Wolves odds First pick: 25 percent • Second pick: 21.51 percent • Third pick: 17.77 percent

BY THE NUMBERS

0: Times the Wolves have moved up in the lottery.

 

3: Times since the present lottery format was instituted in 1994 that the team with the best odds has gotten the top pick: Philadelphia in 1996 (drafted Allen Iverson No. 1), Cleveland in 2003 (LeBron James) and Orlando in 2004 (Dwight Howard).

2: Times in the past seven years that the team with the ninth-best chance of getting the top pick has won the lottery — Chicago in 2008 (drafted Derrick Rose No. 1) and Cleveland in 2014 (Andrew Wiggins).

 

10: Times the Wolves have dropped at least one spot in the lottery.