With the NBA Draft Lottery just days away, the Orlando Magic have a number of different ways things could turn out for them.
Here’s a look at each scenario:
The NBA Draft Lottery takes place on Tuesday, May 17th.
No. 1 choice – 14 percent
After finishing in the bottom three in the NBA, the Orlando Magic have the best chance of landing the top pick overall alongside the Houston Rockets and Detroit Pistons.
The last time the Magic held the #1 pick? 2004 when the team selected Dwight Howard.
Choice #2 – 13.7 percent, No. 3 pick – 12.7 percent, Choice #4 – 12 percent
Although not as desirable as #1, the team has a 13.4 percent chance of making second pick, 12.7 percent of getting #3, and 12 percent of getting #4, which is the best chances with the Rockets and Pistons.
It’s been nine years since Magic was #2 when the team picked Victor Oladipo in 2013.
The Magic have never placed third in franchise history. However, in 1993 the team was relegated from No. 1 to No. 3 to select Penny Hardaway.
It has been eight years since the team picked from fourth picks and the team drafted Aaron Gordon that year.
Choice #5 – 27.8 percent
This is where things start to change a bit. This is the lowest the Rockets can reach given their worst record in the league. They have a 47.8 percent chance of landing here, while Magic has the next best chance at 27.8 percent.
Last year, the team selected Jalen Suggs as the fifth overall winner.
Pick #6 – 20 percent
If Magic’s ping-pong ball doesn’t finish in the top 5, the slide ends in 6th place. It’s the worst pick Magic could land, but the team has only the third best chance of landing the pick, behind the Detroit Pistons (26 percent ) and Oklahoma City Thunder (25.7 percent).
If Magic finishes sixth, it would be the third time in six years that the team has finished sixth. The team selected Jonathan Isaac in 2017 and Mo Bamba in 2018.