When is the 2022 NBA Draft Lottery? TV channel, odds & more to watch pick order reveal

Bottom of the league on May 17th, the Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic and Oklahoma City Thunder are all looking forward to the NBA Draft Lottery. A top 3 pick would transform the franchise.

Houston, Detroit and Orlando each have the best odds (14 percent) to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft. Whoever wins the No. 1, Gonzaga star Chet Holmgren or Duke phenom Paolo Banchero could join their respective young cores and make an instant impact.

How will this year’s draw play out for a lottery-tied team desperate for a rising star?

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.

When is the NBA Draft Lottery in 2022?

  • Date: May 17, 2022
  • Time: open

The 2022 NBA Draft Lottery drawing will take place on Tuesday, May 17 in Chicago, Illinois.

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.

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):

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8th 9 10 11 12 13 14 avg
rockets 14.0 13.4 12.7 12.0 47.9 3.7
Pistons 14.0 13.4 12.7 12.0 27.8 20.1 3.9
magic 14.0 13.4 12.7 12.0 14.8 26.0 7.1 4.1
thunder 12.5 12.2 11.9 11.4 7.2 25.7 16.8 2.2 4.4
pacemaker 10.5 10.5 10.5 2.2 19.6 26.7 8.7 0.6 5.0
kings 9.0 9.2 9.4 9.6 8.6 29.7 20.6 3.7 0.2 5.5
Trailblazer 7.5 7.8 8.1 8.5 19.7 34.0 13.0 1.3 >0.0 6.2
spores 6.0 6.3 6.7 7.2 34.5 31.9 6.9 0.4 >0.0 7.0
lakers 3.2 3.5 3.8 4.2 50.7 30.3 4.1 0.1 >0.0 8.4
wizard 3.2 3.5 3.8 4.2 61.3 22.3 1.6 >0.0 >0.0 9.2
pelicans 3.1 3.4 3.7 4.1 73.2 12.1 0.4 >0.0 9.9
curtsy 1.5 1.7 1.9 2.1 86.1 6.7 0.1 11.4
hawks 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.4 92.9 2.3 12.5
hornets 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.7 97.6 13.7

Representatives of the 2022 NBA Draft Lottery team

Here are the representatives who will appear on camera for each lottery team.

team Representative position
Detroit piston TBA TBA
Houston missiles TBA TBA
Indiana Pacers TBA TBA
Oklahoma City Thunder TBA TBA
Orlando magic TBA TBA
Sacramento Kings TBA TBA
New York Knicks TBA TBA
Washington Wizard TBA TBA
Portland Trail Blazer TBA TBA

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