The 2014 NBA Draft lottery is Tuesday night, and 13 teams are hoping to get lucky. Over the years, many teams have sent so-called "good luck charms" to the lottery, and that's no different this year in advance of the loaded 2014 NBA Draft. But which good luck charms are the best?
Milwaukee Bucks: B+
The Bucks might be taking a page out of Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert's book. Mallory Edens, the 18-year-old daughter of new Bucks co-owner Wes Edens, will be on stage, while Alexander Lasry, the son of new Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry, will be backstage. Giannis Antetokounmpo will also be in attendance, and he's hoping his new haircut will be lucky. What it is, we don't know, but anything Giannis does deserves a solid grade.
The Sixers are sending Julius Erving, and the team will also be bringing a small bit of its history for some luck. Philly sports talk radio station 97.5 The Fanatic FM held a contest where fans submitted their own lucky charms for the Sixers to bring to the lottery. The winning submission was an actual piece of the glass backboard shattered by former Sixers big man Darryl Dawkins in a game at the Spectrum in 1979. Fan participation, nostalgia ... this one's a winner.
Orlando Magic: B-
The Magic are sending Pat Williams to the lottery. Williams has represented the franchise for all three of its lottery wins, and he was also present last season when the Magic got the No. 2 pick. But has the well run dry?
Utah Jazz: C
The Jazz will have Bryan Miller, the son of the late Larry Miller and team owner Gail Miller, on the stage in hopes of nabbing the top pick. This will be the first time a member of the Miller family will represent the Jazz at the lottery. Of course, Utah hasn't been in the lottery very often.
Boston Celtics: A-
Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca will have several good luck charms with him when he attends the lottery. One is a leprechaun-speckled tie given to him by legendary Celtics head coach Red Auerbach. It's the same tie Pagliuca wore when the Celtics defeated the Lakers in the 2008 NBA Finals. The other good luck charm is an 8-inch figurine called the Rooster of Barcelos. The rooster figurine was a gift from Robert Sherman, the U.S. ambassador to Portugal, and it's said to be a symbol of good luck in Portugal.
Come on, Celtics. Act like you've been here before! (You haven't? Oh, OK.)
Los Angeles Lakers: C
Former No. 1 pick James Worthy is the Lakers' representative, and the legendary Laker brought along bobbleheads of former Lakers play-by-play commentator Chick Hearn, former Lakers coach Bill Sharman and former Lakers owner Jerry Buss for good luck. You can do better, L.A. In your defense, you're not used to this.
Yet another team where the child of an owner will be used as a good luck charm. For the Kings, this will be Anjali Ranadive, the daughter of owner Vivek Ranadive. Children are always a solid choice.
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Kyle Singler is the Pistons' representative, and although he won't divulge his specific good luck charm, he claims that he's a "fairly lucky guy." So are lots of people, Kyle.
Cleveland Cavaliers: C
Nick Gilbert, the bow-tie wearing son of Dan Gilbert, has been present both times the Cavs won the lottery in the last three years. New general manager David Griffin will take Nick Gilbert's place on Tuesday, and Griffin plans on asking the younger Gilbert for advice. Griffin will bring his own good luck charm, but he won't say what it is unless he wins. And there likely won't be a bow tie. This is a mistake. How can you question the bow tie after it won two No. 1 picks in the last three years?
Phoenix Suns: D
The Suns are hoping the Morris twins will bring good luck to the lottery. Phoenix has the lowest odds to get into the top three, but if the Suns somehow pulled it off, they could also get the Timberwolves' pick. The Wolves are currently in the No. 13 slot, but if they moved back to No. 14, the pick would go to Phoenix. With odds this insurmountable, more desperate measures are needed.