The Milwaukee Bucks will have a couple of their young stars on hand in New York Tuesday night during the NBA draft lottery.
The Bucks can use all the luck they can find as they try to become just the fourth team with the worst record to actually land the No. 1 pick since the NBA went to a weighted lottery system in 1990.
It’s been 10 years since the last time it happened, when the Orlando Magic got the first overall pick and drafted Atlanta high school star Dwight Howard.
Antetokounmpo told the newspaper that he’s taken some steps to help Milwaukee’s fortunes.
“I just got a haircut. Maybe that will work.”
In a draft that is very top heavy, the Bucks should land a significant talent regardless of where they select in the first round. They can’t fall any further than fourth after finishing with the worst record in the league in 2013-14.
The lottery only determines the order of the first three picks. After that, teams will draft in reverse order of finish among the non-playoff teams. The 16 playoff teams are then slotted at picks 15 through 30, also in reverse order of finish.
That will produce a bit of an anomaly this season, as the Phoenix Suns—who finished 48-34, but missed the playoffs in the rugged Western Conference—will draft ahead of the Atlanta Hawks (38-44), Charlotte Hornets (43-39), Brooklyn Nets (44-38) and Washington Wizards (44-38).
Atlanta, Brooklyn, Charlotte and Washington dropped in the draft order by qualifying for the playoffs in the weaker Eastern Conference.