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Hittin' the Links: NBA Draft Lottery Tonight

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Tonight's the night we've all been impatiently waiting for -- the NBA Draft Lottery. 'Tis tonight at 8:00 PM EST on ESPN. The Pistons have a 5.3% chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick and almost an 80% chance of picking 7th or 8th overall. To help us mentally and physically prep let's take a look at some lottery links:

  • As you all know, the lottery is all luck of the draw at this point, so the teams & their representatives can get pretty superstitious. Mike Prada put together a piece on SBNation.com breaking down 5 Lucky Charms that worked for teams in the lottery, and 5 that didn't go so well. If you had to pick a lucky charm for the Pistons, what would it be? Jonas Jerebko jersey? Robocop? We could probably have an entire thread on the innumerable options.
  • To be exact, the Pistons have a 57.3% chance of picking 7th and a 22.6% chance of picking 8th overall. Here's a list of other 7th and 8th overall picks, including Richard Hamilton, Charlie Villanueva, and Chris Wilcox.
  • Remember, the draft order will be revealed in reverse order. If the Pistons logo hasn't been pulled by the 7th pick, they will get a Top 3 pick. Worst case scenario is that the Pistons select 10th overall, but that has never happened to a team in the Pistons' position.
  • The team with the best odds, of course, is the New Jersey Nets. A little fun fact I pulled from SportsCenter last night - since the lottery started in 1985, only four teams with the best odds of landing the No. 1 overall picked have actually won the lottery. The last came in 2004 when the Orlando Magic selected Dwight Howard.
  • Draft lottery simulator here.

    More non-draft lottery links after the jump.

We'll hopefully have a separate thread open for the Lottery tonight, but if not, this is it.