While the Washington Wizards have only the fourth-best shot at the No. 1 NBA draft pick, they may be the most likely team to land Derrick Williams as a result of what happens in Tuesday's NBA Draft lottery.

That's because the three teams ahead of Washington -- Minnesota, Cleveland and Toronto - are expected to take Kyrie Irving if they land the No. 1 choice.

Only Washington, because of John Wall's presence, is expected to take Williams with either a No. 1 or No. 2 pick. Therefore, the Wizards combine their 11.9 chance at No. 1 with a 12.59 percent chance at No. 2 for total "Derrick Williams odds" of 25.5 percent (unless there's a trade involved or the Wizards go for somebody unexpected like Enes Kanter or Jonas Valanciunas in the top two spots.)

Minnesota has a 25 percent chance at the No. 1 pick and a 21.5 percent chance at No. 2. Cleveland's odds are 19.9 and 18.8, while Toronto is at 15.6 and 15.73.

The lottery will be shown on ESPN at 5:30 PT Tuesday.


This http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wizards-insider/post/what-the-wizards-should-take-from-this-postseason/2011/05/16/AFsJDr4G_blog.html" target="_blank">Washington Post blog analyzes the Wizards, noting that Williams would be a possible look at 1 or 2, and Kanter at 3 or 4.

The Pioneer Press noted that the http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_18070707?nclick_check=1" target="_blank">Timberwolves last had the best odds for the No. 1 pick in 1992, when they did not get it (or Shaquille O'Neal).


Sidiki Johnson and Nick Johnson have already improved their chemistry be http://www.zagsblog.com/2011/05/16/arizona-bound-johnsons-getting-an-early-start/" target="_blank">playing together in New York. The Zagsblog story also quotes Sidiki saying he would have followed Sean Miller to Maryland.


The Republic's Doug Haller took a look at http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/DougHaller/128272" target= "_blank">ASU's many transfers.


Jon Wilner picks http://www.insidebayarea.com/cal-bears/ci_18074665?source=rss" target="_blank">Cal and UCLA ahead of Arizona in his post-NBA-draft-withdrawal Pac-12 predictions.

I'm still thinking Arizona, Cal and then UCLA but it's early. ... 


From the http://dynamic.azstarnet.com/comments/viewcomments.php?id=/sports/blogs/pascoe/article_11f83536-7d99-11e0-9f5a-001cc4c002e0.html&h=Terry%20says%20he'd%20pick%20Huskies%20today" target="_blank">previous discussion thread, Helen C asked about Alex Jacobson's graduation and prospects to keep playing: He does need to stay enrolled to play but that is easily done with graduate-level courses. 

Sportswriter for the Arizona Daily Star covering Arizona Wildcats basketball