NBA Draft 2014: Who will end up with the most ping pong balls at the end of the season?

Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

I speculate what will happen to 20 teams for the rest of the season, and who will end up with the most ping pong balls at the end of it.

There's not much preamble needed. This is what I think will happen. I'm okay with being wrong.

Final Standings:

Final Current Remaining Total
Tankings W L W L W L GB
1 Milwaukee Bucks 13 54 19.4% 1 14 6.7% 14 68 17.1% 0.0
2 Philadelphia 76ers 15 51 22.7% 0 16 0.0% 15 67 18.3% 1.0
3 Orlando Magic 19 48 28.4% 1 14 6.7% 20 62 24.4% 6.0
4 Los Angeles Lakers 22 44 33.3% 1 15 6.3% 23 59 28.0% 9.0
5 Boston Celtics 22 44 33.3% 3 13 18.8% 25 57 30.5% 11.0
6 Sacramento Kings 23 43 34.8% 3 13 18.8% 26 56 31.7% 12.0
7 Utah Jazz 22 44 33.3% 4 12 25.0% 26 56 31.7% 12.0
8 Detroit Pistons 25 41 37.9% 4 12 25.0% 29 53 35.4% 15.0
9 New Orleans Pelicans 26 39 40.0% 5 12 29.4% 31 51 37.8% 17.0
10 Cleveland Cavaliers 26 40 39.4% 7 9 43.8% 33 49 40.2% 19.0
11 Denver Nuggets 29 37 43.9% 4 12 25.0% 33 49 40.2% 19.0
12 New York Knicks 27 40 40.3% 6 9 40.0% 33 49 40.2% 19.0
13 Minnesota Timberwolves 32 32 50.0% 7 11 38.9% 39 43 47.6% 25.0
14 Phoenix Suns 38 28 57.6% 7 9 43.8% 45 37 54.9% 31.0
15 Atlanta Hawks 29 35 45.3% 9 7 56.3% 38 42 47.5% 25.0
16 Charlotte Bobcats 33 34 49.3% 8 7 53.3% 41 41 50.0% 27.0
17 Brooklyn Nets 33 31 51.6% 13 5 72.2% 46 36 56.1% 32.0
18 Memphis Grizzlies 39 27 59.1% 9 7 56.3% 48 34 58.5% 34.0
19 Dallas Mavericks 39 27 59.1% 11 5 68.8% 50 32 61.0% 36.0
20 Golden State Warriors 41 26 61.2% 10 5 66.7% 51 31 62.2% 37.0

Tie-Breakers / ownership:

  • Sacramento wins the tie-breaker against Utah
  • Cleveland, despite facing the Monty Hall problem, beat New York and Denver in a tie-breaker
  • Atlanta decides to keep their pick, and not swap with Brooklyn
  • New York, who lost the tie-breaker anyway, gives their pick to Denver
  • Denver, who has to give the lower of their two first rounders to Orlando, gives the New York pick
  • Utah gets Golden State's pick, which is not going to be worth a lot

Bottom Line:

  • Utah is not going to be top five at this rate
  • Philly lost every game, and still could not catch Milwaukee
  • New York tried its' best, but could not catch Atlanta
  • Phoenix could not catch Golden State, and neither could Memphis or Dallas

Lottery:

Final Total Let's play ping-pong
Tankings W L GB Chances 1st 1nd 3rd Top Three
1 Milwaukee Bucks 14 68 17.1% 0.0 250 25.0% 21.5% 17.8% 64.3%
2 Philadelphia 76ers 15 67 18.3% 1.0 199 19.9% 18.8% 17.1% 55.8%
3 Orlando Magic 20 62 24.4% 6.0 156 15.6% 15.7% 15.6% 46.9%
4 Los Angeles Lakers 23 59 28.0% 9.0 119 11.9% 12.6% 13.3% 37.8%
5 Boston Celtics 25 57 30.5% 11.0 88 8.8% 9.7% 10.7% 29.2%
6 Sacramento Kings 26 56 31.7% 12.0 63 6.3% 7.1% 8.1% 21.5%
7 Utah Jazz 26 56 31.7% 12.0 43 4.3% 4.9% 5.8% 15.0%
8 Detroit Pistons 29 53 35.4% 15.0 28 2.8% 3.3% 3.9% 10.0%
9 New Orleans Pelicans 31 51 37.8% 17.0 17 1.7% 2.0% 2.4% 6.1%
10 Cleveland Cavaliers 33 49 40.2% 19.0 11 1.1% 1.3% 1.6% 4.0%
11 Denver Nuggets 33 49 40.2% 19.0 8 0.8% 0.9% 1.2% 2.9%
12 Orlando Magic
33 49 40.2% 19.0 7 0.7% 0.8% 1.0% 2.5%
13 Minnesota Timberwolves 39 43 47.6% 25.0 6 0.6% 0.7% 0.9% 2.2%
14 Phoenix Suns 45 37 54.9% 31.0 5 0.5% 0.6% 0.7% 1.8%

You better hope Matt Harpring is a demi-god (we know Derrick Favors is), because 15 is going to be all the chance we have to jump up.

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