2020 NBA draft lottery: Schedule, odds and everything to know

Now that the 2019-20 NBA regular season is over and the playoffs are underway, Thursday's draft lottery — and its ping pong balls — is set to determine team's futures.

Alas, the 37th annual lottery will have a much different feel amidst a pandemic. The event will be held virtually from Chicago and come as the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida, hosts the resumption of the season.

The eight teams that weren't invited to the bubble will have the best chances of landing an elite pick, while the six teams that fell short of the playoffs will also be among the 14 teams vying for a franchise-changing player. 

The Golden State Warriors, who had advanced to five consecutive NBA finals, finished with the league's worst record and will be in the hunt to land another All-Star-caliber player to complement a team headed by Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. 

How to watch the draft lottery

Date: Thursday, August 20

Time: 8:30 p.m. ET

Location: Chicago

TV channel: ESPN

Online streaming: WatchESPN

What are the odds of landing the No. 1 pick? 

  • 1. Golden State Warriors (15-50 in 2019-20): 14.0% chance for No. 1 pick; 52.1% chance for top-four pick
  • 2. Cleveland Cavaliers (19-46): 14.0%; 52.1%
  • 3. Minnesota Timberwolves (19-45): 14.0%; 52.1%
  • 4. Atlanta Hawks (20-47): 12.5%; 48.1%
  • 5. Detroit Pistons (20-46): 10.5%; 42.1%
  • 6. New York Knicks (21-45): 9.0%; 37.2%
  • 7. Chicago Bulls (22-43): 7.5%; 32%
  • 8. Charlotte Hornets (23-42): 6.0%; 26.3%
  • 9. Washington Wizards (24-40): 4.5%; 20.3%
  • 10. Phoenix Suns (26-39): 3.0%; 13.9%
  • 11. San Antonio Spurs (27-36): 2.0%; 9.4%
  • 12. Sacramento Kings (31-41): 1.3%; 6.2%
  • 13. New Orleans Pelicans (30-42): 1.2%; 5.7%
  • 14. *Memphis Grizzlies (34-39); Boston Celtics will get pick if it is outside top six: 0.5%; 2.4%

Who are the top players set to be drafted?

(In no particular order)

– Anthony Edwards • Georgia • Freshman • Shooting Guard • 6-4 • 225 pounds

– James Wiseman • Memphis • Freshman • Center • 7-1 • 240 pounds

– Obi Toppin • Dayton • Redshirt Sophomore • Forward • 6-9 • 220 pounds

– LaMelo Ball • Illawarra Hawks, Australia •  Point Guard • 6-7 • 180 pounds

– Tyrese Haliburton • Iowa State • Sophomore • Point Guard • 6-5 • 175 pounds

– Onyeka Okongwu • USC • Freshman  • Forward • 6-9 • 245 pounds

– Deni Avdija • Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) • Small Forward • 6-9 • 220 pounds

– Killian Hayes • Ratiopharm Ulm, Germany • Point Guard • 6-5 • 185 pounds

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Follow reporter Scott Gleeson on Twitter @ScottMGleeson. 

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