The NBA announced that the have broken the ties for the non-lottery teams for the order in this upcoming 2017 NBA Draft. There were a number of teams that needed this figured out. The Minnesota Timberwolves and New York Knicks were tied at 31-51. The Portland Trail Blazers and Chicago Bulls were tied 41-41. The Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers were tied 42-40. The Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies were tied 43-39. And the biggie, the Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, and Utah Jazz were all tied 51-31.
The daft order for the lottery eligible teams will be determined at the NBA Draft Lottery 2017, which will take place in New York on Tuesday, the 16th of May. (As a refresher, the lotto teams are BKN (goes to BOS), PHX, LAL, PHI, ORL, MIN, NYK, SAC, DAL, NOP, CHA, DET, DEN, and MIA.)
Per their Official release, the NBA stated:
NEW YORK – Five ties among teams that finished the 2016-17 NBA regular season with identical records were broken today through random drawings to determine the order of selection for NBA Draft 2017 presented by State Farm, which will be held on Thursday, June 22.
The drawings were conducted by NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations Kiki VanDeWeghe in Secaucus, N.J, and broadcast live on NBA TV. The tiebreaker process was overseen by Denise Pelli, a representative from the accounting firm of Ernst & Young. (To view the drawings, click here.)
Anyway, here’s the picks for #15 to #30 of the first round.
I would have rather the Jazz get the #23 and #30, but this is a lot better than getting the #26 and #30.
For those who are so inclined, here’s the NBA Draft info for those two picks via the data-base of Basketball-Reference.com - #24 and #30. If you are too lazy to check it out yourself. The Top guys at #24 are (in terms of Win Shares) Terry Porter, Sam Cassell, Andrei Kirilenko, Kyle Lowry, Derek Fisher, Latrell Sprewell, Serge Ibaka, Mike Newlin, Arvydas Sabonis, and Jon McGlocklin. The tops at #30 are David Lee, Spencer Haywood, Gilbert Arenas, Nate McMillan, Jimmy Butler, Anderson Varejao, Mark West, Ollie Johnson, Othella Harrington, and Howard Eisley.
So, you know, good Euros and point guards. Dennis Lindsey and company are already on the case.