Over the last half-decade or so, the Magic and their fans have enjoyed about one hour of “postseason” excitement each year.
That comes during the NBA Draft Lottery when the lucky bounce of ping pong balls determine the fate of some of the league’s bottom feeders. And that night is tonight.
It has arrived. Tonight is the Orlando Magic's annual NBA Finals: the Draft Lottery— Orlando Pinstriped Post (@OPPMagicBlog) May 15, 2018
The NBA Draft Lottery is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. Eastern from Chicago. The Suns have the best odds of obtaining the top pick in the with a 25 percent chance. They are followed by Memphis (19.9 percent), Dallas (13.8 percent) and Atlanta (13.7 percent)
Odds for the Magic are as follows:
First pick = 8.8 percent chance
Second pick = 9.6 percent
Third pick = 10.7 percent chance
Fourth pick = 0 percent chance
Fifth pick = 26.2 percent chance
Sixth pick = 35.9 percent chance
Seventh pick = 8.4 percent chance
Eighth pick = 0.4 percent chance
Instead of pacing the house while waiting for the results to be unveiled, be sure to check out some of our NBA Draft Lottery coverage:
An Open Letter from Magic fans to the Draft Lottery Gods by Mike Cali.
By the Numbers: How the Magic Have Fared at Each Draft Slot by Garrett Townsend.
NBA Draft Lottery: Odds and Ends by Aaron Goldstone.
Also be sure to check out the latest mock draft by Ricky O’Donnell of SB Nation, which has the Magic selecting Trae Young with the seventh pick.
And be sure to join the conversation below, whether you are predicting which pick the Magic will get and who they might draft, or venting about Orlando landing the eighth pick in typical Magic fashion, or celebrating the Magic overcoming the odds and getting a top-three pick, or any other thoughts and concerns you may have.
Best of luck tonight, Magic fans! We’ve won this damn thing three times before and we can do it again.