New Jersey Nets Favored To Win First Selection In 2010 NBA Draft Lottery

May 18, 2010- By Jonathan Lowell players

The winner of the 2010 NBA Lottery will be decided Tuesday night in Secaucus, New York.  The 14 teams that did not make the playoffs will all have a shot at the first three picks in the upcoming draft.

The teams are listed from top to bottom according to their win-loss record from the previous year.  The team with the worst record has the best chance to win the first pick.  However, the first pick could go to any one of the 14 eligible.

This year, the team with the worst record is the lowly New Jersey Nets.  The Nets finished dead last in the NBA this year with a 12-70 record.  The loss total almost set an NBA record, and was good enough to get the Nets a 25 percent chance to win the first pick.

The NBA’s worst team will look to build a new team around a solid first round draft pick.  The Net’s new owner Mikhail Prokhorov will represent the Nets at the lottery.  Prokhorov has already gained popularity in New Jersey saying he won’t be stingy with funds, and will be committed to winning.

Nets President Rod Thorn is excited about the prospect of picking a player that might change the fortunes of a franchise that hasn’t had a winning season since the 2005 season.

“From my perspective, I think that we are in a very good position. We’re going to get a really good player, so I’m excited about that,” Thorn said. “You always want to get as high as you can, because the higher you get, the more leverage it gives you. We’re hoping for the best, but we do know that wherever we end up, we’ll get a good player.”

The Minnesota Timberwolves look to steal away the first pick from the Nets.  The Wolves have a 19 percent chance to win the first pick after finishing the season with a 15-67 record.

If the history continues to repeat itself, the team with the worst record will not get the first pick.  The team with the worst record has not had the pick since the Orlando Magic selected Dwight Howard back in 2004.  

John Wall is the player projected to be in the same position as Howard in the 2004 draft.  The one-and-done player from Kentucky had a stellar year in college winning several accolades including the 2010 Associated Press SEC Player of the Year Award.  Wall led his team to an elite-eight appearance, losing to West Virgina.

Wall’s teammate DeMarcus Cousins is another player who has a good chance to go high in the draft.  Cousins is considered the best center in the draft.  While Wall won the SEC player of the year, Cousins won SEC freshman of the year honors.  Cousins made the decision to forgo his final three years of college to have a chance at an NBA career.

Despite the history of the team with the worst record not receiving the pick, Online Sportsbooks have installed the Nets as the betting favorites to win the number one selection in the 2010 NBA draft at 7/4.

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