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2013 NBA Draft order: Lotto balls send Pistons down to the 8th pick

The odds weren’t with the Pistons in last night’s lottery as they dropped a spot from their projected 7 pick. The Cavs took the top spot, but the Wizards jumped ahead of the rest of the crowed moving the rest of the crowd down a spot.


Well, disappointing news for the Pistons came out of last night's NBA Draft lottery as hopes of leaping into the top three were dashed and they actually fell a spot. On June 27, they'll be picking with the 8th selection.

As disappointing as it is, the grim truth was that a drop was more likely all along than lucking into a top three pick. The Pistons had a 60% shot of staying put at 7 and a 12.7% shot of a top 3 pick. That means a 27.3% chance of falling lower than the 7 spot.

The Cavs went from the third best chance in the lottery to win the top pick. Washington made the largest leap, going from 8th to 3rd. This is the third time in four years that Washington won a top 3 pick. The Bobcats were the biggest losers, dropping out of the top 3 despite the second worst record.

The full draft order looks as such:

First Round:

1. Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Orlando Magic
3. Washington Wizards
4. Charlotte Bobcats
5. Phoenix Suns
6. New Orleans Pelicans
7. Sacramento Kings
8. Detroit Pistons
9. Minnesota Timberwolves
10. Portland Trail Blazers
11. Philadelphia 76ers
12. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Toronto)
13. Dallas Mavericks
14. Utah Jazz
15. Milwaukee Bucks
16. Boston Celtics
17. Atlanta Hawks
18. Atlanta Hawks (from Houston via Brooklyn)
19. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Los Angeles)
20. Chicago Bulls
21. Utah Jazz (from Golden State via Brooklyn)
22. Brooklyn Nets
23. Indiana Pacers
24. New York Knicks
25. Los Angeles Clippers
26. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Memphis via Houston)
27. Denver Nuggets
28. San Antonio Spurs
29. Oklahoma City Thunder
30. Phoenix Suns (from Miami via L.A. and Cleveland)

Second Round:

31. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Orlando)
32. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Charlotte)
33. Cleveland Cavaliers
34. Houston Rockets (from Phoenix)
35. Philadelphia 76ers (from New Orleans)
36. Sacramento Kings
37. Detroit Pistons
38. Washington Wizards
39. Portland Trail Blazers (from Minnesota via Boston & Cleveland)
40. Portland Trail Blazers
41. Memphis Grizzlies (from Toronto)
42. Philadelphia 76ers
43. Milwaukee Bucks
44. Dallas Mavericks (pick may be conveyed to Lakers)
45. Portland Trail Blazers (from Boston)
46. Utah Jazz
47. Atlanta Hawks
48. Los Angeles Lakers (pick may be conveyed to Dallas)
49. Chicago Bulls
50. Atlanta Hawks (from Houston)
51. Orlando Magic (from Golden State via Denver & New York)
52. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Brooklyn)
53. Indiana Pacers
54. Washington Wizards (from New York)
55. Memphis Grizzlies
56. Detroit Pistons (from Clippers)
57. Phoenix Suns (from Denver via. Lakers)
58. San Antonio Spurs
59. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Oklahoma City)
60. Memphis Grizzlies (from Miami)

So it's set, the Pistons are picking 8th. Meaning likely that dreams of Nerlens Noel, Ben McLemore, Victor Oladipo, or Trey Burke are out without a move. Where would you like to see them go from here?