NBA Draft Lottery: 4 Teams that have won the NBA Draft Lottery most number of times

NBA Draft Lottery: The NBA Draft Lottery permits the 14 teams that did not make the playoffs in the previous regular season to get the higher picks in the NBA Draft. It is an annual event and is done to prevent any sort of monopoly in the league.

Process of the NBA Draft Lottery?

A total of 14 teams enter the NBA Draft Lottery. Fourteen ping-pong balls numbered 1 through 14 are placed in a lottery machine. Before the process starts, 1,000 of the 1,001possible combinations are allotted to the 14 participating teams.

All 14 balls that are placed in the lottery machine are jumbled for 20 seconds, after which the first ball is removed.

The leftover balls are mixed in the lottery machine for another 10 seconds, and then the second ball is drawn. This process is repeated until 4 balls are drawn from the lottery machine to get a combination of 4 numbers.

The team that has been assigned that combination will receive the No. 1 pick. The same method is duplicated with the same balls and the lottery machine to get picks 2 through 4.

The combination is discarded and the process is repeated if the team is repeated or the combination is unassigned to any team.

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Odds of getting the 1st Overall Pick in the NBA Draft

Under the new rules, the three worst teams in the previous season will get a higher chance to get the 1st pick compared to the other 11 teams.

To put this into context, the 3 teams with the worst record last season – Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Cleveland Cavaliers will have a higher chance of getting the 1st pick than any other team appearing for the Draft Lottery.

The odds for the remaining 11 participants in the 14-team lottery will reduce progressively after the top three picks have been assigned.

NBA Draft Lottery 2021: Which NBA franchise has won the Draft Lottery most number of times?

The LA Clippers have won the NBA Draft Lottery the most number of times with five (1986, 1988, 1998, 2009, 2011).

After the Clippers, New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets (1990, 2000, 2017), Orlando Magic (1992, 1993, 2004), and Cavaliers (2003, 2013, 2014) are the teams that have won it thrice.

NBA Draft Lottery winners
Year Team Odds
2020 Minnesota Timberwolves 14.00% (tied highest)
2019 New Orleans Pelicans 6.00% (tied 7th-highest)
2018 Phoenix Suns 25.0% (highest)
2017 Brooklyn Nets 25.0% (highest)
2016 Philadelphia 76ers 25.0% (highest)
2015 Minnesota Timberwolves 25.0% (highest)
2014 Cleveland Cavaliers 1.70% (9th-highest)
2013 Cleveland Cavaliers 15.60% (3rd-highest)
2012 New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans) 13.70% (4th-highest)
2011 LA Clippers 2.80% (8th-highest)
2010 Washington Wizards 10.30% (5th-highest)
2009 LA Clippers 17.70% (3rd-highest)
2008 Chicago Bulls 1.70% (9th-highest)
2007 Portland Trail Blazers 5.30% (6th-highest)
2006 Toronto Raptors 8.80% (5th-highest)
2005 Milwaukee Bucks 6.30% (6th-highest)
2004 Orlando Magic 25.0% (highest)
2003 Cleveland Cavaliers 22.5% (tied highest)
2002 Houston Rockets 8.90% (5th-highest)
2001 Washington Wizards 15.70% (3rd-highest)
2000 New Jersey Nets 4.40% (7th-highest)
1999 Chicago Bulls 15.70% (3rd-highest)
1998 LA Clippers 22.56% (2nd-highest)
1997 San Antonio Spurs 21.60% (2nd-highest)
1996 Philadelphia 76ers 33.73% (highest)
1995 Golden State Warriors 9.40% (5th-highest)
1994 Milwaukee Bucks 16.30% (4th-highest)
1993 Orlando Magic 1.52% (worst of 11)
1992 Orlando Magic 15.15% (2nd-highest)
1991 Charlotte Hornets 10.61% (5th-highest)
1990 New Jersey Nets 16.67% (highest)
1989 Sacramento Kings 11.11% (tied highest)
1988 LA Clippers 14.29% (tied highest)
1987 San Antonio Spurs 14.29% (tied highest)
1986 LA Clippers 14.29% (tied highest)
1985 New York Knicks 14.29% (tied highest)


Schedule of the NBA Draft 2021:

Date: July 29, 2021

NBA Draft Lottery 2021 Date: June 22

Where can you watch the NBA Draft?

ESPN and Turner are the Official Broadcasting Partners of the NBA.

Fans can watch the NBA Draft Live here.