The 2021 NBA Draft Lottery is set to take place on Tuesday, June 22 at 8:30 p.m.
For the second straight year, the draft lottery will be held virtually, with teams again having virtual representatives during the proceedings. According to Doug Smith of the Toronto Star, the Toronto Raptors will be represented by Fred VanVleet as they look for luck to be in their favour.
Am told the one and only Fred VanVleet will bet not only on himself but on his team as the Raptors representative at the virtual NBA draft lottery tomorrow night- Doug Smith: Raptors (@SmithRaps) June 21, 2021
VanVleet, who went undrafted in 2016, is one of the league's best stories. Living by the motto to "bet on yourself," the 27-year-old went from fringe NBA player to a player on the brink of an All-Star selection in a matter of five years. A franchise cornerstone, VanVleet is under contract with Toronto through at least the 2022-23 season.
Tuesday, VanVleet will look to bring luck to the Raptors, who have a 31.9 percent chance at moving up to land a top-four pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, and a 7.5 percent chance at winning the No. 1 overall pick.
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2021 marks the first time since 2016 that Toronto will make a selection in the draft lottery. That year, the franchise sent Masai Ujiri as its representative to the draft lottery and earned the No. 9 pick, which the Raptors used to select Jakob Poeltl from the University of Utah.
The Raptors have won the draft lottery once in their 26-year history, sending then-president and general manager Bryan Colangelo to the 2006 Draft Lottery, eventually using the No. 1 overall pick to select Andrea Bargnani from Italy.
This year's lottery winner is expected to select Cade Cunningham from Oklahoma State University, but teams that select two through five have the opportunity to select talent capable of making an immediate impact as well.
Tune in ahead of Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals to see how it all unfolds.
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