Feb 3, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Knight (11) celebrates withy guard Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and center Zaza Pachulia (27) after shooting the game-winning three point basket in the final seconds against the New York Knicks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Bucks beat the Knicks 101-98. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brandon Knight Go To Lottery


The Milwaukee Bucks will have a couple of their young stars on hand in New York Tuesday night during the NBA draft lottery.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a pair of players who just completed their first seasons in Milwaukee will be there—forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and guard Brandon Knight.

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.

Milwaukee has won the lottery twice. In 1994, the Bucks drafted Glenn Robinson out of Purdue and in 2005, they selected Andrew Bogut of Utah.

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