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NBA Rookie Rewind presented by Juicy Fruit: Which teams have won the Draft Lottery with the worst odds?

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Rookie Rewind presented by Juicy Fruit (NBA Canada Illustrations)

The order of this year's draft will be revealed at tonight's 2019 NBA Draft Lottery.

The New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns have the best odds at getting the No. 1 overall pick at 14.0 percent each, followed by the Chicago Bulls (12.5 percent) and Atlanta Hawks (10.5 percent).

The Sacramento Kings (1.0 percent), Miami Heat (1.0 percent), Charlotte Hornets (1.0 percent) and Los Angeles Lakers (2.0 percent), meanwhile, have the worst odds.

That doesn't necessarily mean one of them won't move up the draft board and have an opportunity to draft Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett or Ja Morant, though. Plenty of teams have overcome low odds to get a high draft draft pick in the past.

Here are the 10 teams in NBA history that have won the lottery with less than 10.0 percent odds.

1. Orlando Magic - 1993

Odds: 1.5 percent

The Magic had the worst odds of the 11 teams in the lottery in 1993. The Dallas Mavericks (16.7 percent) and Minnesota Timberwolves (15.2 percent) had the best but fell to fourth and fifth respectively.

It was the second year in a row in which the Magic earned the No. 1 pick. They selected Shaquille O'Neal first overall the year prior.

While the Magic chose Chris Webber with the No. 1 pick in the 1993 NBA Draft, they quickly traded him to the Golden State Warriors for Penny Hardaway and three future first-round picks.

Webber averaged 17.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game in his first season with the Warriors and was named Rookie of the Year. Hardaway, meanwhile, finished second in Rookie of the Year voting with averages of 16.0 points, 6.6 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game.

2. Chicago Bulls - 2008

Odds: 1.7 percent

Eight teams had better odds than the Bulls at getting the No. 1 pick in 2008, including the Heat (25.0 percent), Seattle SuperSonics (19.9 percent) and Timberwolves (13.8 percent).

The Bulls selected Derrick Rose with the No. 1 pick. Rose averaged 16.8 points, 6.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game as a rookie and earned 92.5 percent of the first-place votes for Rookie of the Year.

3. Cleveland Cavaliers - 2014

Odds: 1.7 percent

Like the Bulls, eight teams had a better chance at getting the No. 1 pick than the Cavaliers in 2014. They used it to select Andrew Wiggins, making him the second Canadian ever to be picked No. 1.

The Cavaliers would trade Wiggins later that offseason to the Timberwolves in a three-team deal involving the Philadelphia 76ers. Kevin Love went to the Cavaliers in the trade, pairing him with LeBron James, who decided to leave Miami and return to Cleveland that offseason.

Wiggins went on to win Rookie of the Year with averages of 16.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

4. Los Angeles Clippers - 2011

Odds: 2.8 percent

The Clippers won the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft but owed it to the Cavaliers because of a deal they made ahead of the trade deadline in the 2010-11 season.

The deal? Baron Davis and their 2011 first-round pick for Mo Williams and Jamario Moon.

The Cavaliers selected Kyrie Irving with the Clippers' No. 1 pick. Irving averaged 18.5 points, 5.4 assists and 3.7 rebounds in his first season and was named Rookie of the Year.

The Cavaliers also had the fourth pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, which they used on Tristan Thompson.

5. New Jersey Nets - 2000

Odds: 4.4 percent

The Nets jumped from seventh to first in the 2000 NBA Draft to select Kenyon Martin.

Martin was the only player drafted in the lottery to make an All-Star Game in his NBA career. The two other All-Stars from the 2000 class were Jamaal Magloire, who was selected 19th overall, and Michael Redd, who was selected 43rd overall.

Mike Miller was named Rookie of the Year, however, with averages of 11.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.

6. Portland Trail Blazers - 2007

Odds: 5.3 percent

Had the Blazers picked where they were expected to, they would have been in the running for the likes of Yi Jianlian, Corey Brewer and Brandan Wright in 2007.

Instead, they got to choose between Greg Oden or Kevin Durant, who were widely considered to be the top two prospects in the class.

The Blazers ultimately settled on Oden after he led Ohio State to the NCAA title game in 2007. The big man showed flashes of his star potential through his NBA career but was limited to 105 games due to injuries.

Rounding out the top 10

7. Milwaukee Bucks in 2005 - 6.3 percent odds; selected Andrew Bogut

8. Toronto Raptors in 2006 - 8.8 percent odds; selected Andrea Bargnani

9. Houston Rockets in 2002 - 8.8 percent odds; selected Yao Ming

10. Golden State Warriors in 1995 - 9.4 percent odds; selected Joe Smith

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