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Warriors await NBA to reschedule draft lottery, combine

Wes Goldberg, The Mercury News on

Published in Basketball

While teams at the top of the NBA standings await the league's plan to restart the season, teams like the Warriors, at the bottom of the standings, are more curious about what the draft lottery and combine will look like when they are rescheduled.

Since the NBA season was suspended on March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic, league operations have been at a standstill. Not only were games postponed indefinitely, the NBA draft lottery and combine -- which were supposed to take place this week in Chicago -- have yet to be rescheduled.

Because they are officially eliminated from the playoffs, the Warriors are more focused on the league's plan for rescheduling these events than how a season will resume.

However, those in the Warriors' front office have not heard anything from the league about rescheduling the draft lottery or combine, with one executive saying, "I believe the last thing on the league's mind is the draft."

With the NBA's worst record, the Warriors are tied for the best odds to land the No.1 pick and are guaranteed a top-five pick when the lottery -- originally scheduled for Tuesday -- is eventually conducted.

Golden State has a 14% chance of getting the No. 1 pick, a 13.4% chance at the No. 2 pick, a 12.7% chance at the No. 3 pick, a 12% chance at the No. 4 pick and a 47.9% chance at the No. 5 pick.

 

Despite having completed about 75% of the season, the NBA reportedly does not plan to change the lottery odds if they are not able to finish the regular season, believing that enough of a sample is available to establish a fair draft order.

It also helps that, starting last year, lottery odds were flattened to give teams a better chance of moving up in the draft. In last year's lottery, the New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies, tied for the seventh-best odds, moved up to the first and second overall picks, respectively.

Though the league could certainly hold a virtual lottery, it must first decide if these teams outside the playoff picture will play any more games.

According to the Athletic, the NBA is zeroing in on resuming the season in a quarantine zone in Orlando's Walt Disney World Resort with a possible start in mid-July. Commissioner Adam Silver aims to make a decision in two to four weeks.

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