Swipe Files: I bet you don’t know how the draft lottery works. Yeah, neither do I.

Huh? I'm not really sure what's going on.

Huh? I’m not really sure what’s going on.

[…] The Blazers have 11 combinations out of the 1000 possible combos distributed to the 14 lottery teams. NBA officials will draw three combinations total. Teams in possession of those three combinations will move to the 1, 2, and 3 spots in the order. Everyone else will line up behind them by record, worst record towards the front of the line and best at the back. Onlythree teams are determined randomly. Everyone else will stay in the same order relative to each other.

Starting from the 10th spot by record before the drawing, the Blazers can only finish in spots 1-3 (if one of their combinations is drawn) or in spots 10-13 (if none of their combinations hit). You either go right near the head of the class with a lucky hit or you stay where you are. The Blazers could move down as far as 13 because teams currently behind them in line could get the lucky draw and leap ahead, pushing Portland back.

Here’s the full article over at Blazers Edge

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