For the first time in NBA history, the Phoenix Suns will choose first in the NBA Draft. Tonight (May 15) in Chicago, the NBA held their annual draft lottery, and the team with the worse regular season record this year (21-61) finally got a meaningful win by nabbing the first overall pick. This is the fourth straight season in which the team with the best chance to end up with the No. 1 pick got the top spot.
Picking second will be the Sacramento Kings followed by the Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks.
The rest of the lottery slotted as follows: Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Charlotte Hornets, LA Clippers (pick Nos. 12 and 13) and Denver Nuggets.
The Cavs, who are playing the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals, likely had higher hopes for what became the No. 8 pick. Cleveland acquired what was the Brooklyn Nets’ pick from Boston in the Kyrie Irving trade.
As for who the number one pick will be…we most likely have to wait till June 21 in Brooklyn when the NBA holds it draft at the Barclay Center.