Ping-pong balls could send Williams to Washington

2011-05-16T17:35:00Z 2011-05-16T17:50:03Z Ping-pong balls could send Williams to WashingtonBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star

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.

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This 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 Timberwolves last had the best odds for the No. 1 pick in 1992, when they did not get it (or Shaquille O'Neal).

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Sidiki Johnson and Nick Johnson have already improved their chemistry be playing together in New York. The Zagsblog story also quotes Sidiki saying he would have followed Sean Miller to Maryland.

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The Republic's Doug Haller took a look at ASU's many transfers.

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Jon Wilner picks 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. ... 

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From the 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. 

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