Jeremy Hyman - WashingtonWizards.com
The Wizards finished the regular season tied with the Detroit Pistons at 29-53. One would think that because the Pistons won the season series, 4-0, that the Wiz would get the higher draft pick. But, that's not the case.
The NBA conducts coin flips for teams tied in the standings to dictate where they will draft, and the Wizards lost once again to the Pistons and will now have the eighth-best odds (3.5%) to attain the #1 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. For whatever reason, they just could not seem to beat the Pistons in anything this year. They have a 12.32% chance of getting one of the top three picks and the worst they can do would be to end up with the 11th overall pick. The only way that could happen (draft 11th) would be if three teams slated to pick after them were all to win the lottery and move into the top three. The chances are slim, but the Wizards have to be ready for any scenario.
The odds are that they will likely be picking at either eight or nine in the draft, where there will be a lot of talent still available. The Wizards could go a number of different ways with the pick, which should lead to plenty of speculation and predictions over the next two months. They will also have either the 37th or 38th pick in the second round, depending on if they or the Pistons draft higher in the first round. The team with the higher first round pick will have the lower second round pick. And then the Wizards will have the 54th overall pick in the draft, which they acquired last season from the Knicks in the Ronny Turiaf trade.
WashingtonWizards.com will have you covered with a complete Draft Central coming in May.
The NBA Draft Lottery will be held on May 21 from New York City and then the NBA Draft will be held on June 27th from Barclays Center. WashingtonWizards.com and MonumentalNetwork.com will be on the scene with exclusive coverage from the events.