With four days of action remaining, the 2014 NBA Draft order is beginning to firm up. These last 2-3 games of the regular season will tell us more about the uncertain lottery situation., though. Let's sort out the Tank Wars and take a look at all of the tedious pick swapping as of Sunday morning.
The Sixers lost 26 straight games and are somehow still two games back of the Bucks for the worst record. Barring a major collapse -- wins, wins are bad here -- the Bucks will be the favorites for the No. 1 pick and will not pick any lower than fourth.
Congratulations, Philadelphia. You lost 26 straight games and put out a D-League product on an NBA floor and you still aren't the favorites for the top pick.
The Magic have a 15.6 percent chance at numero uno. If they slip up and win their next three games, those odds could fall to 6.3 percent. Don't choke, Orlando.
4. Utah Jazz
The Western Conference's worst team is just the fourth worst in the league. The Jazz are just a half game up on Orlando, though. There's a chance they could move to No. 3.
The C's laid a smack down on Cleveland on Saturday and are now a half game better than the Lakers. Lose these next two! No one wants the Lakers to have an 8.88 percent chance at Andrew Wiggins!
6. Los Angeles Lakers
The City of Angels has been all about the Clippers this year, but the offseason will undoubtedly be about the Lakers. The Lake Show will retool its roster as it has for decades, starting with a top pick.
Last summer, the Kings used the No. 7 pick on Ben McLemore. They've added more talent to their roster this season via trade and will bolster it with another top selection.
The Pistons are holding on by the skin of their teeth here. If this pick lands 9-11, then it goes to the Bobcats. Detroit is a catastrophe. It can't afford to lose this pick.
The good news is the Cavs can't pick Anthony Bennett again!
10. Philadelphia Sixers (from New Orleans Pelicans)
This is Philadelphia's prize for flipping Jrue Holiday to New Orleans for Nerlens Noel during last summer's draft. There's only a four percent chance that the Pelicans land inside of their top-5 protection. Otherwise this baby is headed to Philly.
11. Denver Nuggets (from New York Knicks)
The Nuggets will get the better pick between them and the Knicks. Right now, New York is 1.5 games worse than Denver, meaning the Big Apple's pick goes to Denver.
12. Orlando Magic (from Denver Nuggets)
In this scenario, Denver's pick goes to Orlando via the Dwight Howard megatrade. The Magic will take the worse pick between New York and Denver. So, yeah, the Knicks won't be selecting in the 2014 draft, unless of course they trade themselves into it.
The Timberwolves, like the Pistons, are sitting right on their protection line. If this pick falls 1-13, it stays in Minnesota. If it hits No. 14 then it goes to Phoenix. But the only way the pick will land at No. 14 is if the odd man out in the race for the West No. 8 seed leaps into the top-3, which is extremely remote.
14. Phoenix Suns
Making the Western Conference playoffs and not making the playoffs is the difference in six draft spots. Still, you can imagine that Phoenix would have liked to have made the postseason.
15. Atlanta Hawks
16. Chicago Bulls (from Charlotte Bobcats)
17. Phoenix Suns (from Washington Wizards)
Washington made the playoffs, so Phoenix gets its pick.
18. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn Nets)
22. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Dallas Mavericks)
This bad boy has top-20 protections, but it falls right outside of that zone. The Thunder, again, have two first round picks.
23. Utah Jazz (from Golden State Warriors)
24. Charlotte Bobcats (from Portland Trail Blazers)
25. Houston Rockets
26. Miami Heat
27. Phoenix Suns (from Indiana Pacers)
28. Los Angeles Clippers
29. Oklahoma City Thunder