2013 NBA Draft lottery standings: Suns move into top 3, Kings rise, Bobcats at the top

Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

The 2013 NBA Draft is coming into focus as top prospects have started to declare their intentions. Here's a look at how some of the worst teams in the NBA have positioned themselves in terms of Draft lottery odds.

Top NBA Draft prospects like Ben McLemore, Victor Oladipo, Cody Zeller, and Michael Carter-Williams have already declared for the NBA Draft, and others like Trey Burke, Shabazz Muhammad and Nerlens Noel may be soon to follow, so it's time to look at which NBA teams are in the best position to land a premium draft pick in 2013. Two weeks ago we broke down the lottery standings and odds, and since that time the Phoenix Suns have lost five of six games to move ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the No. 3 spot behind the Bobcats and Magic. The third, fourth and fifth spots are cluttered, however, as the Suns, Cavaliers and Pistons are separated by a total of just one game.

The Magic dispatched the Milwaukee Bucks in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night in an overtime win at home, so now the Bobcats have a one-and-a-half game lead for the best odds at the top pick in the lottery. With only three games left on the schedule for Orlando, it seems like Charlotte will finish the year with the most ping-pong balls.

Ben Swanson of Rufus on Fire is tracking the lottery standings very closely, and he provided some details on what would happen if two teams finish with the same record:

In the case of a tie between two teams, they average the ping pong balls between the two teams. Should the resulting division result in a remainder, a coin flip will determine who gets the extra ping pong ball. Series records don't matter. Last year the Cavaliers and the Hornets tied for the third-worst records at 21-45. Adding the normal 156 and 119 chances normally given to the third and fourth-worst teams and dividing it by two gave New Orleans and Cleveland 137 ping pong balls each and the resulting coin flip gave New Orleans the eventual rights to the top pick and Anthony Davis.

The Sacramento Kings have climbed from the No. 10 spot to the No. 7 spot over the past two weeks, which more than tripled their odds of landing a top-3 pick in the draft lottery.

If you need more information on which teams owe future draft picks with protections, be sure to check out the complete list of future pick obligations in this post at RealGM.

2013 NBA Lottery Standings and Odds Update

NBA W L PCT GB % chance for No. 1 pick Any top-3 Pick if not top-3
Bobcats 18 60 0.231 -- 25.00% 64.19% 4
Magic 20 59 0.253 1 ½ 19.90% 55.74% 4-5
Suns 24 55 0.304 5 ½ 13.80% 42.57% 4-6
Cavaliers 24 54 0.308 6 13.70% 42.33% 4-7
Pistons 27 52 0.342 6 ½ 7.60% 25.50% 5-8
Hornets 27 52 0.342 8 ½ 7.50% 25.19% 6-9
Kings 28 50 0.359 8 ½ 3.60% 12.66% 7-10
Wizards 29 50 0.367 10 3.50% 12.32% 8-11
Timberwolves 29 49 0.372 10 ½ 1.70% 6.10% 9-12
Raptors 30 48 0.385 12 1.10% 3.97% 10-13
Sixers 31 47 0.397 13 0.80% 2.90% 11-14
Trail Blazers 33 45 0.423 15 0.70% 2.54% 12-14
Mavericks 38 40 0.487 20 0.60% 2.18% 13-14
Jazz 41 38 0.519 22 ½ 0.50% 1.81% 14

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