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Magic draft order is locked-in, set to pick 16th

The NBA broke a tie between Orlando and Brooklyn today to determine upcoming draft order

NBA: Orlando Magic-Press Conference Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA conducted a series of tiebreakers today to determine both draft order and lottery odds before next month’s draft lottery (and the NBA Draft the month after that).

I know, I know. Not the news most Magic fans are focused on at the moment...

Still, it’s almost newsworthy in itself that today’s tiebreaker flew so far under the radar. This June will mark the first time Orlando will not be selecting in the lottery since 2012.

Orlando did finish the regular season with a 42-40 record, tying the franchise with the Brooklyn Nets. Of course, the Nets were awarded the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, one spot ahead of the Magic, due to their head-to-head advantage over Orlando.

However, a league-conducted tiebreaker commenced today to determine Orlando and Brooklyn’s draft order. Teams outside of the lottery are slotted in order based off their regular season record.

The Magic won this tiebreaker, they will be selecting 16th in the first round of this year’s draft. Brooklyn will be picking 17th.

Orlando also owns the 46th overall pick (second round) in this year’s draft. Coincidentally, this pick was conveyed to Orlando from Brooklyn (Ivan Rabb trade, ‘17 draft).

The league also conducted tiebreakers for Houston (Cleveland) and Portland (25th/26th); Oklahoma City and Boston (21st/22nd); Indiana, San Antonio, and Boston (18th/19th/20th); Charlotte, Miami, and Sacramento (12th, 13th, 14th odds); New Orleans, Memphis, and Dallas (7th/8th/9th odds); Cleveland and Phoenix (2nd and 3rd odds).