Over last few years, the hype surrounding the 2014 NBA Draft has continued to sky rocket, especially after Andrew Wiggins reclassified and entered school in 2013.
Wiggins, the Kansas Jayhawks’ forward, his teammate, center Joel Embiid, Australian point guard Dante Exum and Oklahoma State Cowboys’ guard Marcus Smart headline a group that has already declared for the daft and most expect Kentucky Wildcats power forward Julius Randle and Duke Blue Devils’ forward Jabari Parker (although he has applied for housing next year) to do the same any day now.
Since the New York Knicks defeated the Brooklyn Nets 109-98 and the Denver Nuggets were defeated by the Los Angeles Clippers 117-105, the two teams are tied with 36-45 records. Of course, the Nuggets will send their lesser of their pick and the Knicks’ pick (which they own from the Carmelo Anthony deal) to the Orlando Magic (who acquired the pick in the Dwight Howard deal) while they keep the better pick, meaning it doesn’t matter if these two teams flip flop on the final night.
The New Orleans Pelicans, who host the Houston Rockets, will fall into a tie with the Cleveland Cavaliers if they lose and the Cavaliers defeat the Nets.
The Sacramento Kings and Detroit Pistons can also finish with identical records if the Kings fall to the Phoenix Suns and the Pistons defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder.
There will be no changes with the two worst teams, the 15-66 Milwaukee Bucks and the 18-63 Philadelphia 76ers, but there could be a few changes between the teams with the third through sixth worst records.
Here are the remaining schedules for each team in contention for the third-worst through sixth-worst records.
at San Antonio Spurs
vs. Washington Wizards
at Minnesota Timberwolves
vs. Indiana Pacers
The Magic could be in danger of falling into a tie with the Jazz because the Pacers have already announced they will be sitting their key players out.
Here is a look at the reverse standings:
14. Phoenix Suns 47-34
13. Minnesota Timberwolves 40-41
12. Denver Nuggets 36-45*
11. New York Knicks 36-45#
10. New Orleans Pelicans 33-48^
9. Cleveland Cavaliers 32-49
8. Detroit Pistons 29-52
7.Sacramento Kings 28-53
5. Los Angeles Lakers 26-55
5. Boston Celtics 25-56
4. Utah Jazz 24-57
3. Orlando Magic 23-58
2. Philadelphia 76ers 18-63
1. Milwaukee Bucks 15-66
*to Orlando Magic
#to Denver Nuggets
^to Philadelphia 76ers