For the Rockets, Magic, and Pistons, the next step in their respective transformations begins with the 2022 NBA Draft Lottery.
These three teams have an equal chance of picking first place in the 2022 NBA draft, which takes place on June 23. Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery will determine the order of the top 14 picks for the draft.
Could Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren be headed to the Motor City? Or will Duke’s Paolo Banchero make magical things happen in Orlando?
Here’s a guide with everything you need to know about the 2022 NBA draft lottery, including the TV station, start time, and percentage odds of each team to win the #1 overall pick.
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What channel is the NBA Draft Lottery on?
The 2022 NBA Draft Lottery can be viewed on ESPN or streamed via the Watch ESPN App. You can also stream the broadcast live with Sling TV.
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When is the NBA Draft Lottery in 2022?
- Date: May 17, 2022
- Time: 8 p.m. ET
The 2022 NBA Draft Lottery drawing will take place on Tuesday, May 17 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
How does the NBA Draft Lottery work?
The NBA draft lottery will determine the order of the top four draft picks this year. After the top four teams are suspended, the rest of the lottery order follows the reverse record of the regular season. The actual lottery drawing process will take place prior to ESPN’s broadcast, and the 2022 NBA Draft Rules will be announced shortly thereafter.
Here’s the explanation for the ping pong ball drawing method, straight from the NBA:
Fourteen table tennis balls numbered 1 through 14 are placed in a lottery machine. There are 1,001 possible combinations when four out of 14 balls are drawn, regardless of their order of selection. Before the lottery, 1,000 of these 1,001 combinations are allocated to the 14 participating lottery teams. The lottery machine is manufactured by Smart Play Company, a leading manufacturer of state lottery machines in the United States. Smart Play weighs, measures and certifies the ping pong balls before the draw.
The drawing process is as follows: all 14 balls are placed in the lottery machine and shuffled for 20 seconds, then the first ball is removed. The remaining balls are shuffled in the lottery machine for another 10 seconds, then the second ball is drawn. There is a 10 second mix, then the third ball is drawn. There is a 10 second mix, then the fourth ball is drawn. The team assigned this combination is given number 1. The same process is repeated using the same ping-pong balls and lottery machine for the second through fourth selections.
If the same team appears more than once, the result is discarded and another four-ball combination is chosen. Also, if the one unassigned combination is drawn, the result is discarded and the balls are drawn again. The duration of the mixing of the balls is monitored by a timer, which faces away from the machine and gives a signal to the machine operator when the appropriate time has elapsed.
NBA Draft Lottery Odds 2022
In the 2022 format, the top three teams (Rockets, Pistons, and Magic) each have a 14 percent chance of winning the lottery.
Here are each team’s lottery odds with percentage chances of landing each pick (via Tankathon):
*Pick is given to Grizzlies or Pelicans
**The selection will be sent to Thunder
Representatives of the 2022 NBA Draft Lottery team
Here are the representatives who will appear on camera for each lottery team.
|Charlotte Hornets||PJ Washington Jr., player|
|Cleveland Cavaliers||Anderson Varejao, Team Ambassador|
|Detroit piston||Richard Hamilton, piston legend|
|Houston missiles||Rafael Stone, CEO|
|Indiana Pacers||Kelly Krauskopf, Deputy General Manager|
|New Orleans Pelicans||Swin Cash-Canal, Vice President, Basketball Operations|
|New York Knicks||William Wesley, Executive Vice President|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||Nick Collison, Thunder Legend|
|Orlando magic||Jeff Weltman, President of the Basketball Division|
|Portland Trail Blazer||Damian Lillard, player|
|Sacramento Kings||Domantas Sabonis, Player|
|San Antonio Spurs||David Robinson, Spurs legend|
|Washington Wizard||Wes Unseld Jr., head coach|
Who will be the #1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft?
Three players are considered in the running for the #1 pick in this year’s draft.
Chet Holmgren: In his only season with Gonzaga, he averaged 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game on 60.7 percent shots from the field and 39.0 percent from 3-point range. There are concerns about how his height as a 7-footer who weighs just 195 pounds will translate to the NBA, but he’s one of the most unique prospects we’ve seen in a while.
Paolo Banchero: He proved an explosive goalscorer during his freshman season at Duke, averaging 17.2 points per game on 47.8 percent shots from the field. TSN’s Kyle Irving had him #1 in both his last big board and his mock draft, calling him the “NBA-ready prospect in this class.”
Jabari Smith Jr.: A 6-10 forward who averaged nearly a double-double (16.9 points, 7.4 rebounds) as a freshman at Auburn while hitting the port on 42.0 percent of his 3-point attempts, is he’s the type of frontcourt player that every team wants to add.
The icing on the cake? Smith just turned 19 last week, making him one of the youngest players in this class.
Unlike recent drafts, there is no clear No. 1 pick. Ultimately, which prospect is selected first could depend on which team wins the lottery.