The Utah Jazz had one of their worst seasons in years. As a bonus for that awful campaign the Jazz will now enter the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday, May 21. At stake is the opportunity to select a player who may become a household name.
At the top of everyone’s list is Kansas star Andrew Wiggins. Next on that list is Duke star Jabari Parker. Third is Kansas center Joel Embiid--though rumors have him slipping due to medical reasons. And finally, there is Australian guard Dante Exum who impressed at the NBA Combine last week, as well as Kentucky forward Julius Randle and Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart.
In sum, the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery is loaded with top talent. Any of the six mentioned could go on to be All-Stars in a draft class that is the most anticipated in decades. As for the Jazz, they are currently sitting in the No. 4 spot -- but could move up or down depending on how the ping pong balls fall on Tuesday.
Utah currently has a 10.5 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick. Their chances increase to 11.2 percent for the second pick and to 12.09 for the third selection. They have a 9.85 chance of staying put where they are right now at No. 4.
But the most annoying stat to Jazz fans might be that their team stands a 37 percent chance of moving down to No. 5 -- and they have a 17.75 chance of getting the sixth pick. In other words, the Jazz have a better chance of going down in the NBA Draft Order than up.
Nevertheless, it seems the Jazz have plans -- if all of the mock drafts are to be believed, that is. Here are Utah’s top five likely lottery picks.