2022 NBA Draft Lottery Results, Order: Orlando Magic wins No. 1 overall pick for the first time since 2004

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The Orlando Magic have won the 2022 lottery and will pick first in the June NBA Draft. Orlando held the Eastern Conference’s worst record in the 2021-22 season with a score of 22-60. The Magic was only behind the Rockets in the overall standings, but thanks to the NBA’s new lottery rules, they had the same 14 percent chance as Houston. Now they’ve made their first No. 1 pick since selecting Dwight Howard in 2004, and that will allow them to add an incredible prospect to one of the NBA’s youngest rosters.

The top four include the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings, in that order. The Thunder is the only team with multiple picks in the lottery, as they will select at No. 2 and No. 12. Houston had the NBA’s worst record, but came just behind the top pick for the second year in a row. Sacramento was the surprise team in the top four. They went from number 7 all the way to number 4.

Below you will find the entire assignment for the lottery. The top four picks are the only ones to be determined by lottery, the remaining 10 are awarded in reverse order of record. You can view the full NBA Draft order here

The 2022 NBA Draft will take place on June 23, after the finals have concluded and the entire league has shifted its focus to the offseason. While this class doesn’t have the surefire No. 1 pick that gave us in Oklahoma State’s point guard Cade Cunningham last year, there are a number of prospects who can make a case for the top pick.

Gonzaga center Chet Holmgren has been one of the favorites since the start of the process, and his rare combination of shooting and rim protection will make him a much-coveted prospect. Auburn forward Jabari Smith and Duke forward Paolo Banchero will also be in the mix, and both are top scorers for their position. The only guard widely believed to be in the running for the top roster is Purdue point guard Jaden Ivey, a top athlete who impressed on college basketball’s biggest podium in March.

A little luck in the lottery can change the entire destiny of a franchise. Cleveland jumped to No. 3 last season, and with Evan Mobley in power, the Cavs nearly made it back to the first round of the playoffs for the first time since LeBron James left. Scottie Barnes helped the Toronto Raptors back into the playoffs after the Raptors jumped into the top four last summer, narrowly eliminating Mobley for Rookie of the Year in the process. Tuesday night’s results will have a huge and immediate impact on both the 14 teams involved in the proceedings and the 16 watching at home.

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