The ping pong balls did not go the way the Orlando Magic wanted them to so to speak in tonight's NBA draft lottery.
The Magic will have the 4th and 12th overall picks in this year's first round of the NBA draft which is to take place on June 26 in New York.
The NBA draft lottery which was held tonight takes all the teams who missed the playoffs and allows them to participate in a lottery process to determine the NBA draft order. Three teams who receive the 1, 2, and 3rd picks are considered the lottery picks.
This year, the Cleveland Cavaliers will have the first pick.
Some of the top collegiate talent will be available to be drafted, Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins, Duke forward Jabari Parker and Kansas center Joel Embiid are projected to be top-five picks. Australian point guard Dante Exum, Kentucky power forward Julius Randle, Arizona forward Aaron Gordon and Indiana center Noah Vonleh are in the picture, too.
The lottery could greatly reshape the draft boards of teams at the top, according to senior director of NBA scouting operations Ryan Blake.
For example, Blake said evaluators must determine whether Wiggins is a good player with the ceiling of someone like 2013 lottery pick Harrison Barnes, or if he might rise to meet his athletic potential and be closer in talent to perennial All-Star Tracy McGrady.
"If you look at last year's draft -- you had no idea the order (players) would be drafted," Blake told The Sports Xchange at the conclusion of the NBA Draft Combine last week. "You also have seven teams with multiple picks in the first round. You haven't had the trades the last few years that we expected. But when you have the number of teams rebuilding and can utilize these picks in other ways -- and a team like Oklahoma City with two picks, they have a pretty full roster."
Blake said the prevailing commentary on the draft class, which some described at the outset of the 2013-14 college basketball season as possibly the greatest ever, did not impact his top-down view of the crop.
"It's a good draft, no question," Blake said.