The 2009 NBA Draft Lottery was held Tuesday night, May 19th, in Secaucus, NJ as always. The LA Clippers beat the odds and won the #1 pick in the 2009 Draft, which presumably will go to Blake Griffin. This is the 5th time in a row the team with the worst record did not win the #1 pick. (Last year, Chicago won the #1 pick despite having just 17 out of 1000 chances for that spot (1.7%), and used it on Rookie of the Year Derrick Rose. Read more about the history of the #1 pick in the Lottery).
The Kings had the best chance at #1 with 25% odds, but slid down to 4th place . Notice however, that they actually had less than a 50% chance combined (46.47) of getting the Top 2 picks. There was actually a better chance (53.53%) that they would get the 3rd or 4th pick. Washington won a tiebreaker with the Clippers, to get an extra shot at the first pick, but they were big losers along with the Kings, and drop into the 5th slot.
Despite all the conspiracy theories, the Knicks (with a 2.8% chance) did not get the #1 pick.
1. LA Clippers
3. Oklahoma City
7. Golden State
8. New York
11. New Jersey