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2017 NBA Draft Lottery: Pistons have 2.5 percent chance at top three pick tonight

A team hasn’t jumped up from the 12 spot or higher since 1999. Maybe we’re due?

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The Pistons will probably find out tonight that they’ll have the 12th pick in the NBA Draft. But hey, it’s still fun to hope.

There’s a 2.5 percent chance that the Pistons can move up to a top three selection and a .7 percent than they win the top pick. According to The Book of Odds, it’s about the same chance that a person met their partner on a blind date. So there you go.

When: May 16, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Watch: ESPN

This year’s draft is widely considered to be one of the best in recent years. With top prospects like Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball, of course it’d be great to see the Pistons get lucky. But the stakes are certainly higher for other teams this year.

Perhaps no teams have as much on the line as the Philadelphia 76ers or Los Angeles Lakers. The 76ers have the rights to the Lakers’ first round pick this season, except it’s top three protected. The Lakers finished the season with the third worst record. So if another team jumps past them, they’ll lose their pick.

That pick is huge for the Lakers’ rebuilding efforts. Or Philly could wind up with two top four picks.

The Sacramento Kings will also get the New Orleans Pelicans’ pick unless New Orleans jumps up with a top three pick. The Kings will likely have two top 10 picks, their own being the eighth. Though if they manage to drop out of the top 10, they’ll have to send it to the Chicago Bulls. Complicating things, Philadelphia also has the right to swap with Sacramento if the Kings do retain their pick. So if they wind up jumping ahead of Philly into the top three, the 76ers will be able to take advantage of the swap.

Which sets up the most amusing possibility: the Pelicans and Pistons both jump into the top three, the Kings fall to the 10 pick and has to send it to the Bulls, leaving them with no first round picks in the season they parted with DeMarcus Cousins in order to rebuild. Sorry Sacramento.

And of course, the Boston Celtics have unprotected rights to swap for the Brooklyn Nets pick which has the best odds of landing the top selection. This is part of the ill-fated 2013 Nets trade for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

Jeff Bower will be representing the Pistons - not Stan Van Gundy’s new pup Eastwood, as was called for by some fans on Twitter. Beat reporters even asked SVG and Bower about the possibility. Nope.

So while there’s still the 2.5 percent chance to cross your fingers for, who are you dreaming of for the Pistons with a top three pick?