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News » Lottery balls to decide Warriors' fate

Lottery balls to decide Warriors' fate

Lottery balls to decide Warriors' fate
The likelihood is nothing's going to happen.

The balls are not going to bounce the Warriors way and land them the top pick, deeming them the winner of the Blake Griffin Sweepstakes. Odds are they won't move down either, at least not significantly to drum up fuel for Golden State Is Cursed fodder.

The smart money is on the Warriors staying right where they are, at No. 7. Warriors general manager Larry Riley is fine with that.

"We're not going to get far off of seven," he said in a phone interview. "It's not that this draft is loaded up with a lot of great players. But all you've got to do is get one."

The NBA Draft Lottery, which determines who makes the first 14 selections in the NBA Draft, will take place tonight before Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. A lottery will determine the top three spots in the draft and the remaining 11 spots will be filled in order of worst record.

The Sacramento Kings, owners of the league's worst record have the best chance (25 percent), followed by the Washington Wizards (17.8) and the Los Angeles Clippers (17.7).

The Warriors finished with the 7th worst record in the NBA. They have a 4.3 percent chance of nabbing the top pick, a 15 percent chance of jumping into the top three. If one of the teams behind the Warriors jump into the top three, the Warriors will fall a spot.

Griffin, the stud power forward out of Oklahoma State, is expected to be taken first in the draft, held June 28. Connecticut center Hasheem Thabeet and Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio figure to round out the top three picks.

NBA insiders expect the Warriors to draft a point guard with their selection. Rubio would be long gone by the time the Warriors pick at No. 7. But Brandon Jennings, the heralded Arizona recruit who shunned college Basketball to play pro in Europe, sharp-shooting Davidson point guard Stephan Curry, and Memphis combo guard Tyreke Evans could all be available for the Warriors to take.

Initially, the draft was thought to be weak after the top three. But the development of some collegiate players such as Arizone power forward Jordan Hill, Curry, and Louisville forward Earl Clark and the early entry of some potential-laden freshman like Evans and USC guard Demar DeRozan has given middle of the lottery some semblance of life.

Perhaps few are franchise changers, but teams in the middle of the lottery are feeling like they can get a solid player. The Warriors certainly do.

"We have a pretty good idea who (we want)," Riley said, "if we're there at seven."

NBA draft Team (Record) % chance of winning Kings (17-65) 25.0 Wizards (19-63) 17.8 Clippers (19-63) 17.7 Thunder (23-59) 11.9 T'wolves (24-58) 7.6 Grizzlies (24-58) 7.5 Warriors (29-53) 4.3 Knicks (32-50) 2.8 Raptors (33-49) 1.7 Bucks (34-48) 1.0 Nets (34-38) 0.9 Bobcats (35-47) 0.7 Pacers (36-46) 0.6 Suns (46-36) 0.5

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Added: May 20, 2009


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