The 2013 NBA Draft Lottery will take place tonight, with the Orlando Magic standing the best odds to win the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft at 25 percent. Of course, as well all know, the team who finishes with the worst record and highest odds rarely wins the first selection in the draft. Many have cried and theorized about conspiracies, while others simply claim it is bad luck and poor decision making. Whatever the case, many teams have had their entire future landscapes altered by the bounce and selection of a few ping pong balls.
You don’t have to look back too far. It was quite controversial when the then NBA owned New Orleans Hornets won the No. 1 overall pick right before they were about to be sold to the highest bidder. Winning the rights to draft Anthony Davis certainly boosted the value of the team. But that was just one case. Truth be told, this dates all the way back to 1985, which was the first year the NBA held the draft lottery system. Take a look at the 5 biggest game changers to come from the NBA Draft Lottery. Some were controversial. Some involved terrible decision making. Others involved bad luck. All were game changers.