Haws overcome improbable odds to win no.1 pick in NBA Draft

The Atlanta Hawks overcame seemingly improbable odds to grab the No. 1 pick in this year’s NBA draft, winning the lottery for the first time in franchise history.

The Hawks, who finished 10th in the Eastern Conference with 36 wins and 46 losses, had just a 3% chance to win the lottery, the fifth-lowest odds by a team to win the No. 1 pick since the lottery began in 1985. This year marks the sixth straight season in which the team with the worst record did not select first overall — coinciding with the new lottery format, which began in 2019.

The Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs rounded out the top four. The Detroit Pistons, owners of the league worst 14-68 record and who alongside Washington had the best chances to land the top pick at 14%, fell to No. 5. It’s the second consecutive season the Pistons have had the worst record but fell to the fifth pick.

The Rockets, who finished with a 41-41 record, moved up six spots to get into the top three.

The draft is June 26-27 in Brooklyn.

French teenage big man Alex Sarr is projected to go No. 1 overall with fellow French prospect Zaccharie Risacher as well as University of Kentucky standouts Reed Sheppard and Rob Dillingham also expected to be off the board within the first few selections.


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