Ties broken for order of selection in 2021 NBA Draft

The 2021 NBA Draft Lottery takes place June 22 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

NEW YORK – Six ties between teams with identical regular-season records were broken today by random draws to determine the order of picks for the 2021 NBA draft presented by State Farm. The draws were conducted by NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations Kiki VanDeWeghe at the NBA office in Secaucus, New Jersey. The tiebreak process was overseen by Marc Dieli, a representative of the accounting firm Ernst & Young. The results of the drawings:

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder (22-50) won a tiebreak with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
  • The Chicago Bulls (31-41) won a tiebreak with the New Orleans Pelicans and the Sacramento Kings. Places two and three in the tiebreak went to Sacramento and New Orleans, respectively.
  • The Charlotte Hornets (33-39) won a tiebreak with the San Antonio Spurs.
  • The New York Knicks (41-31) won a tiebreak with the Atlanta Hawks.
  • The Dallas Mavericks (42-30) won a tiebreak with the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers. Second and third place in the tie-break went to Los Angeles and Portland, respectively.
  • The LA Clippers (47-25) won a tiebreak with the Denver Nuggets.

Presented by State Farm, the 2021 NBA Draft Lottery will take place on Tuesday, June 22 and will air live on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. ET. The 2021 NBA draft presented by State Farm will be held on Thursday, July 29. Below is the picking order for the 2021 NBA draft presented by State Farm and the probability of receiving the first draft pick for teams in the 2021 NBA draft lottery by county farm.


Drawing will be conducted in the 2021 NBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm to determine the top four picks in the 2021 NBA Draft presented by State Farm. The rest of the “lottery teams” will pick in reverse order of their records in places 5th through 14th in the 2020-21 regular season games. The teams participating in the NBA draft lottery and their probability of winning the lottery are as follows:

team recording Win% lottery probability
Houston1 17-55 .236 14.0%
Detroit 20-52 .278 14.0%
Orlando 21-51 .292 14.0%
Oklahoma City 22-50 .306 11.5%
Cleveland 22-50 .306 11.5%
Minnesota2 23-49 .319 9.0%
Toronto 27-45 .375 7.5%
Chicago3 31-41 .431 4.5%
Sacramento 31-41 .431 4.5%
New Orleans 31-41 .431 4.5%
Charlotte 33-39 .458 1.8%
Saint Anthony 33-39 .458 1.7%
Indiana 34-38 .472 1.0%
golden state 39-33 .542 0.5%

The order for the remaining first round picks is as follows:

team recording Win%
15. Washington 34-38 .472
16.Boston 36-36 .500
17. Memphis 38-34 .528
18. Miami (to Oklahoma City or Houston)4 40-32 .556
19. New York 41-31 .569
20.Atlanta 41-31 .569
21. Dallas (to New York) 42-30 .583
22.Los Angeles Lakers 42-30 .583
23. Portland (to Houston) 42-30 .583
24. Milwaukee (to Houston) 46-26 .639
25.L.A. Clippers 47-25 .653
26. Denver 47-25 .653
27.Brooklyn 48-24 .667
28.Philadelphia 49-23 .681
29. Phoenix 51-21 .708
30. Utah 52-20 .722

1=This pick can be promoted to Oklahoma City. 2=This selection can be submitted to Golden State. 3=This selection can be promoted to Orlando. 4=This selection will be promoted to Houston via Oklahoma City, the LA Clippers, Philadelphia and Phoenix, or to Oklahoma City via the LA Clippers, Philadelphia and Phoenix.


Choose team
31 Houston (to Milwaukee)
32 Detroit (to New York via the LA Clippers and Philadelphia)
33 Orlando
34/35. Cleveland (to New Orleans via Atlanta)
34/35. Oklahoma City
36 Minnesota (to Oklahoma City via Golden State)
37 Toronto (to Detroit via Brooklyn)
38/39/40. New Orleans1
38/39/40. Sacramento
38/39/40. Chicago2
41/42. Saint Anthony
41/42. Charlotte (to Detroit via New York)
43 Washington (to New Orleans via Milwaukee, Cleveland and Utah)
44 Indiana (to Brooklyn)
45 Boston
46 Memphis (to Toronto via Sacramento)
47 Golden State (to Toronto via Utah and New Orleans)
48 Miami (to Atlanta via Sacramento and Portland)
49 Atlanta (to Brooklyn)
50 New York (to Philly)
51. Portland (to Memphis via Dallas, Detroit and Cleveland)
52 Los Angeles Lakers (to Detroit via Sacramento, Houston and Detroit)
53 Dallas (to New Orleans)
54 Milwaukee (to Indiana via Houston and Cleveland)
55 Denver (to Oklahoma City via Golden State and Philadelphia)
56 LA Clippers (to Charlotte)
57 Brooklyn (to Charlotte)
58 Philadelphia (to New York)
59 Phoenix (after Brooklyn)
60 Utah (to Indiana)

Remarks: [1] This selection can be transmitted to Chicago. 2 This selection can be sent to New Orleans.

Note: Teams that finish the regular season with identical records will select in the second round in reverse order from the first round. Regarding ties between lottery teams: since the first round selection order for these groups of teams may change based on the results of the lottery, the second round selection order cannot be determined until after the lottery has been conducted (on June 22, 2021) .

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