The most important day of the NBA calendar for Wizards fans is upon us -- The NBA Draft Lottery. Tonight, the Wizards will learn just how far back they'll move when the ping pong balls have stopped bouncing.
Sitting eighth by virtue of their all-in chase for that elusive ninth "seed," the most likely outcome is the team staying right where they are and ending up with the eighth selection. Here are the chances for each of Washington's possibilities tonight (ordered from greatest likelihood to least):
- 8th pick -- 70.2%
- 9th pick -- 16.5%
- 3rd pick -- 4.8%
- 2nd pick -- 4.1%
- 1st pick -- 3.5%
- 10th pick -- 0.8%
- 11th pick -- 0.1%
Before presenting YODA's first look at the 2013 draft, a few words about it. YODA is based on a player's NCAA production and his physical measurements and athletic tests at the NBA draft combines. Why use the combine athletic data? Because it's the publicly available OBJECTIVE measure of a player's athletic ability.
YODA takes each player's per minute stats, adjusts for age/class, position and level of competition, incorporates the combine data and spits out a final grade. Also, there's an assessment of a player's handsomeness. (Just kidding on that last one.) If a player doesn't participate in a draft combine, there is no bonus/penalty awarded for size or athleticism.
For today, I'm presenting players by their "tiers" in YODA -- I'll dig in deeper with more information from the database as we get closer to the draft.
Tiers are, in effect, broad groupings of players who are approximately the same level of prospect. The tiers run from 10 to zero (well, technically there are a handful of guys who somehow achieved negative tiers -- two of them (JJ Reddick and Nazr Mohammed went on to play in the NBA, so go figure). Here are the tiers with sample players for each.
EDIT -- nate33 over at RealGM suggested I change some of the sample players. So, I've done that in a few places to show a more "representative" player.
10 -- Shaquille O'Neal (SO) -- Shaq's the only guy to hit this level.
9 -- No one. Yeah, that's how outlandish Shaq was that year. No other player in my ever-growing database has even reached a 9.
8 -- Anthony Davis (FR), Shaquille O'Neal (JR), Kevin Love (FR), Hakeem Olajuwon (SO), Kevin Durant (FR)
7 -- Patrick Ewing (SR, JR, FR), Grant Hill (JR), Tim Duncan (SR), Elton Brand (SO), Shawn Marion (FR)
6 -- Chris Webber (FR), Shane Battier (SR), Elton Brand (FR), Paul Millsap (JR) Dwyane Wade (SO & FR), John Wall (FR), Kenyon Martin (JR), Carmelo Anthony (FR), Joakim Noah (JR)
5 -- Jason Kidd (FR), Al Horford (JR), Stephen Curry (JR), James Harden (FR), Chris Wilcox (SO), Gilbert Arenas (SO), Rudy Gay (SO), Josh Howard (SR)
4 -- Cole Aldrich (FR), Alec Burks (SO), Mario Chalmers (SO), Brandon Roy (JR), Greg Monroe (SO), David Lee (FR), Nate Robinson (JR), Etan Thomas (SR)
3 -- Steve Blake (JR), Javale McGee (SO), Jeff Taylor (SR), Danny Granger (FR), Chris Singleton (JR)
2 -- Matt Barnes (SO), Morris Almond (JR), Robert Sacre (SO), Jared Jeffries (SO), Tyshawn Taylor (SR), Lance Goulbourne (SR), Ryan Gomes (SR)
1 -- Garrett Temple (FR & JR), Morris Almond (SO), Vernon Macklin (SR), Darius Miller (FR)
0 -- Cartier Martin (FR), Festus Ezeli (SO), Ashton Gibbs (SR)
Got all that? There's a quiz later.
Basically, the higher the tier, the more likely the player is to be a better pro. To merit a first round pick, a player needs to land in tier 4 or higher. Tier 3 are second rounders.
So, with all that preamble, here's this year's draft by tier (note, no one rated into tiers 10, 9 or 8):
- Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana
- Cody Zeller, C, Indiana
- Trey Burke, PG, Michigan
- Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky
- Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga
- Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas
- Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown
- Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV
- Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse
- Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville
- Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh
- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, PG, Georgia
- Shane Larkin, PG, Miami
- Reggie Bullock, SF, North Carolina
- C.J. McCollum, SG, Lehigh
- Tyrus McGee, SG, Iowa State
- Jeff Withey, C, Kansas
- Mason Plumlee, PF, Duke
- James Southerland, SF, Syracuse
- D.J. Stephens, PF, Memphis
- Shabazz Muhammad, SF, UCLA
- Alex Oriakhi, PF, Missouri
- Arsalan Kazemi, PF, Oregon
- Zeke Marshall, C, Akron
- Mike Muscala, C, Bucknell
- Nate Wolters, PG, South Dakota State
- Ray McCallum, PG, Detroit Mercy
- Elias Harris, SF, Gonzaga
- Jamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State
- Russ Smith, PG, Louisville
- Allen Crabbe, SG, California
- Gregory Echenique, C, Creighton
- Alex Len, C, Maryland
- Kevin Young, SF, Kanas
At the top, Oladipo looks to be just as good a prospect as recent first overall selections like Kyrie Irving (tier 7) and John Wall (tier 6). He's not a historically good prospect like Anthony Davis, but he has the tools and production of a player who should be an excellent pro.
Cody Zeller (tier 6) would be another worthy top overall pick in many drafts, and would be a top 2-3 pick in virtually every class.
Lots more to come as the draft gets nearer.