NBA Reveals Team Representatives for 2021 Draft Lottery

The NBA has announced the representatives for each the 14 teams in Tuesday’s draft lottery. You can check out the lottery odds and where to watch right here.

Hakeem Olajuwon

Below is the list of representatives taking center stage, listed alphabetically by team’s city.

NBA Draft Lottery Representatives

  • Hornets: Miles Bridges, player
  • Bulls: Marc Eversely, GM
  • Cavaliers: Koby Altman, GM
  • Pistons: Ben Wallace, former player
  • Rockets: Hakeem Olajuwon, former player
  • Pacers: Nancy Leonard, widow of ex-coach Bobby Leonard
  • Timberwolves: Anthony Edwards, player
  • Pelicans: Swin Cash, VP of basketball operations
  • Thunder: Nazr Mohammed, Scout/OKC Blue GM
  • Magic: Jeff Weltman, President of basketball operations
  • Kings: Monte McNair, GM
  • Spurs: Peter J. Holt, managing partner
  • Raptors: Fred VanVleet, player

The NBA explained the lottery process in a press release as follows …

Fourteen ping-pong balls numbered 1 through 14 will be placed in a lottery machine. There are 1,001 possible combinations when four balls are drawn out of 14, without regard to their order of selection. Before the lottery, 1,000 of those 1,001 combinations will be assigned to the 14 participating lottery teams. The lottery machine is manufactured by the Smart Play Company, a leading manufacturer of state lottery machines throughout the United States. Smart Play also weighs, measures and certifies the ping-pong balls before the drawing.

The drawing process occurs in the following manner: All 14 balls are placed in the lottery machine and they are mixed for 20 seconds, and then the first ball is removed. The remaining balls are mixed in the lottery machine for another 10 seconds, and then the second ball is drawn. There is a 10-second mix, and then the third ball is drawn. There is a 10-second mix, and then the fourth ball is drawn. The team that has been assigned that combination will receive the No. 1 pick. The same process is repeated with the same ping-pong balls and lottery machine for the second through fourth picks.

If the same team comes up more than once, the result is discarded and another four-ball combination is selected. Also, if the one unassigned combination is drawn, the result is discarded and the balls are drawn again. The length of time the balls are mixed is monitored by a timekeeper who faces away from the machine and signals the machine operator after the appropriate amount of time has elapsed.

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