Bobcats have 3 percent shot at a top-3 draft pick


Coach Paul Silas knows the drill. That's why he'll represent the Charlotte Bobcats Tuesday night at the NBA's annual draft lottery.
Silas represented the then-Charlotte Hornets in 1999 when they jumped from what would have been the 13th pick to No.3 (good for Baron Davis).
The current weighted system (1,000 total chances spread among non-playoff teams) began in 1994 and only twice has that granted a true long shot one of the top three picks. The other instance was Chicago, jumping to No.1 in 2008, to draft eventual league most valuable player Derrick Rose.
The Bobcats will most likely stay at No.9 - there's an 81 percent of that happening under the weighted system. They'll have 17 of the total 1,000 chances. By comparison, Minnesota, with last season's worst record (17-65), will have 250 chances.louboutin heels
The Bobcats have roughly a 3 percent chance of jumping into one of the top three spots. That could grant them access to such players as Duke point guard Kyrie Irving and Arizona forward Derrick Williams.
But they could also slip back if a lottery team with a better record jumps into the top three. They have about a 12 percent chance of slipping to the 10th pick and less than a 1 percent chance of falling to 11th or 12th in the order.
The Bobcats will have three picks among the first 39 selections in the June 23 draft: Their own lottery pick, the 19th overall pick (from New Orleans, via Portland) and the ninth pick of the second round.
This will be the eighth lottery pick in Bobcats history. The others:
Emeka Okafor, (second pick) in 2004; Raymond Felton (fifth ) and Sean May (13th) in 2005; Adam Morrison (third) in 2006; Brandan Wright (eighth) in 2007 and traded to Golden State in a pre-arranged trade; D.J. Augustin (ninth) in 2008; Gerald Henderson (12th) in 2009.

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