Storylines heading into the NBA Draft Lottery
Yahoo Sports NBA Draft analyst Krysten Peek gives you the biggest storylines heading into the 2023 NBA Draft Lottery, including which teams have the best chance to land the No. 1 pick and French superstar Victor Wembanyama.
KRYSTEN PEEK: The NBA draft lottery is Tuesday night, as the most anticipated lottery since 2003 when it was revealed that the Cleveland Cavaliers would have the number one pick, eventually selecting LeBron James. There's a lot at stake this year. And one team will be landing the generational talent out of France, 7' 4" Victor Wenbenyama. Here's everything you need to going into the NBA draft lottery.
There are three teams with a 14% chance of landing Wenbenyama, and all will depend on which way the ping pong balls fall. The Detroit Pistons finished with the worst record, followed by the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs. All three teams made favorable moves last offseason and during the regular season to be in a good spot to land Wenbenyama, who could change the trajectory of any franchise.
The New Orleans Pelicans have the worst odds to land Wenbenyama with only a 0.5% chance Tuesday night. Other teams in the running are the Charlotte Hornets with a 12.5% chance, followed by the Portland Trailblazers, finishing fifth this season with a 10.5% chance. This is a very talented draft class with a few good players other than Wenbenyama projected at the top as consolation prizes for the team that does not get the number one pick.
Scoot Henderson from the G League Ignite is the best point guard in this class. Henderson held his own against Wenbenyama in a pair of games last October and averaged 16.5 points and 6.5 assists per game this past season in the G League. The other player projected at the top is 6' 9" wing out of Alabama, Brandon Miller.
Miller was named the SEC Player of the Year and SEC Freshman of the Year during his one year at Alabama. He averaged $18.8 points and 8.2 rebounds, while shooting 38% from three-point range. Both players are being considered for the number two spot, depending on what team lands there.
And finally, all eyes will be on where the Dallas Mavericks land after what took place late in the season. If the Mavs stay inside the top 10, they keep their lottery pick. But if they fall to 11, that pick will go to the New York Knicks. If they do stay inside the top 10, it will be interesting to see if Dallas keeps that pick or tries to package it for a trade to land an established player to put beside Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving.
There's a lot to watch Tuesday night, with one team's future at stake and others waiting their fate on where they'll land in this loaded draft class. Stay locked in to "Yahoo Sports" for all the latest information from the draft lottery and all news leading up to the NBA draft.