NBA Draft Lottery: New Orleans Pelicans Look For Longshot Luck In Wemby Sweepstakes

The New Orleans Pelicans have the lowest odds of winning the 2023 NBA Draft Lottery, possessing only a 0.5% chance of landing the first overall draft pick and thus having the privilege of selecting Victor Wembanyama, easily the most hyped prospect since LeBron James, in June.

Moving inside the top four is nearly as unlikely, with the Pelicans having 2.4% odds of opening the door to names like Scoot Henderson, Brandon Miller and the Thompson brothers.

The Pelicans need something akin to a miracle of happening on Tuesday evening. No team has ever moved up from a pre-lottery position of No. 14 since the Charlotte Bobcats expansion increased the number of teams in the league from 29 to 30 in 2004.

Interestingly though, the Charlotte franchise pulled off the near impossible right before the turn of the millennium. The Hornets, which had a 0.5% chance of grabbing the overall top pick and 1.83% odds of moving inside the top 3, jumped up from No. 13 to No. 3 in 1999.

Those Hornets went on to select Baron Davis out of UCLA, and as a fun side note, Duke’s Trajan Langdon, the current general manager of the Pelicans, was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers at No. 11.

The New Orleans franchise has enjoyed good fortune in the past, winning two NBA draft lotteries over the last 11 years. They moved up three spots in 2012 to choose Anthony Davis out of Kentucky and climbed six rungs to select Duke’s Zion Williamson in 2019.

David Griffin, the executive vice president of basketball operations, will represent the Pelicans on stage during the televised portion of the drawing and Bryson Graham, the assistant general manager, will be in the backroom where the actual lottery takes place, per Christian Clark.

What: 2023 NBA Draft Lottery

When: May 16, 7:00 PM CDT

Where to Watch: ESPN

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13 thoughts on “NBA Draft Lottery: New Orleans Pelicans Look For Longshot Luck In Wemby Sweepstakes

  1. Great, our division just got a whole lot more difficult.. Victor W to the Spurs

    1. For the sake of carving out the best career possible, I wanted VW to land in San Antonio. Now all I can think about is how are the Pelicans going to defend him four times a year!

  2. Whatever happens, I have so much respect for Miami Heat under Spoelstra. He and Pops are my two favorite coaches. Their teams invariably play smart, disciplined and tenacious basketball

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