Draft Lottery History

Posted on May 20, 2013 by

By: Jack Persons & Jeremy Hyman

The NBA Draft Lottery format has changed often since its inception in 1985. From 1985-1989, the seven teams with the lowest records were given their draft order randomly and equally. Then, in 1990, the number of envelopes increased to nine. Also that year, the NBA started giving the team with the lowest record the best chance of winning the top pick.

Until 1993, the bottom 11 teams participated in the lottery with the team with the worst record having 11 chances to win (16.7%), and the 11th seeded team having one chance (1.5%).

Beginning in 1994, another new system was implemented, in which the lottery had 1,000 combinations instead of 66. The lowest seeded team had 250 combinations to win (25%), while the top seeded lottery team received five (0.5%).

The number of lottery teams has increased since then, from 11 in 1994, to 13 in 1996, and finally 14 in 2005. The Wizards, while being eligible 18 times in the history of the lottery, have won the first pick in the draft twice (2001, 2010).
 
Washington Wizards/Bullets Draft Lottery History: 1985-Present

1985: 40-42 Ineligible
1986: 39-43 Ineligible
1987: 42-40 Ineligible
1988: 38-44 Ineligible
1989: 40-42 - 9th - Tom Hammonds
1990: 31-51 - 9th - Traded to Dallas
1991: 30-52 - 8th - Traded to Denver
1992: 25-57 - 6th - Tom Gugliotta
1993: 22-60 - 6th - Calbert Cheaney
1994: 24-58 - 5th - Juwan Howard
1995: 21-61 - 4th - Rasheed Wallace
1996: 39-43 - 12th - Traded to Cleveland
1997: 44-38 - Ineligible
1998: 42-40 - 13th - Traded to Golden State
1999: 18-32 - 7th - Richard Hamilton
2000: 29-53 - 7th - Traded to Golden State
2001: 19-63 - Won (15.7 % of winning) - Kwame Brown
2002: 37-45 - 11th - Jared Jeffries
2003: 37-45 - 10th - Jarvis Hayes
2004: 25-57 - 5th - Traded to Dallas
2005: 45-37 - Ineligible
2006: 42-40 - Ineligible
2007: 41-41 - Ineligible
2008: 43-39 - Ineligible
2009: 19-63 - 5th - Traded to Minnesota
2010: 26-56 - Won (10.3 % of winning) - John Wall
2011: 23-59 - 6th - Jan Vesely
2012: 20-46 - 3rd - Bradley Beal


Posted in: Sports
next up:

2013 NBA Conference Finals Predictions

May 19, 2013

WashingtonWizards.com editors, Jacob Raim and Jeremy Hyman, take a crack at predicting the outcomes for the NBA's conference finals.

Advertisement

Jeremy Hyman on Twitter

Wizards Featured Video

Wizards Magazine 2014-15: Full Ep...

Get to know new Wizards DeJuan Blair & Kris Humphries on Media Day, dinner with Drew Gooden III &...

Wizards Shows & Video

Advertisement
x