THE NBA SEASON IS OVER. Well, for Philadelphia it is anyways. The playoffs will be an exciting time, but the Sixers will be steer-headed on the NBA Draft. The Sixers finished the season on a two-game winning streak, with victories over the Celtics and Heat. The victory over the Heat gave the Sixers only their second series win of this season, the other was Boston. With the season being over, that means the draft odds for the lottery are officially locked in.
New Orleans Pelicans
With the Cleveland Cavaliers winning last night, all the Pelicans needed to do was lose to Houston and that No. 9 selection was looking solid. With James Harden out, of course this wouldn’t happen. The game was still tightly contested, but the Pelicans squeezed out the victory. The Pelicans are locked into the 10th slot in the draft lottery. Of course, they can move up when the lottery happens. The Pelicans finished the season with a 34-48 record, going 2-8 in their last 10 games. New Orleans has a 4.0 percent chance of landing in the top-three and a 1.1 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick. It’s possible, which is scary.
The tanking is over…for now. The Sixers have a whole off-season ahead of them and no one knows what will happen. If last off-season was any indication, than we all better get ready for an incredible ride. The Sixers finished the season at 19-63, which officially locks them into the No. 2 slot in the lottery. Philly has a 55.8 percent (!) chance for a top-three pick and a 19.9 percent (!!) chance at the No. 1 overall pick. A 26 game losing streak and Philly still couldn’t catch Milwaukee at 15-67.
It’s looking like these two picks will fall between No. 1 and No. 5 and the Pelicans pick has a good probability of staying at No. 10 or moving up or down a pick. Those are great odds to get two high quality players. With Thaddeus Young and five second-round picks, don’t be surprised if Hinkie puts a package together to move up in the first-round. Maybe someone like a Noah Vonleh or Aaron Gordon? Who can even guess what is going on in Hinkie’s head right now. The tanking is over for this season. It’s all gears forward to the NBA Draft and the lottery, which is on May 20th, by the way.
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