The Phoenix Suns have only a 1.8% chance to move into the Top 3 of the best Draft in years, the worst odds among all non-playoff teams. The Suns won 48 games last season, the most wins ever by a non-playoff team since the league went to a 16-team format (tied with Golden State, 2008).
Showing up at the Lottery in New York City seems just a formality, but you have to show up just in case. In 1993, the Orlando Magic had just a 1 in 66 chance (1.5% chance) of getting the #1 pick but got it anyway. Other than that, no one with the worst odds has jumped that high since the weighted lottery system was implemented 24 years ago. And even since then, the league made the worst odds three times worse (from 1-in-66 to 5-in-1000).
But as Lloyd Christmas puts it, "So you're saying there's a chance?"
Yes, Lloyd, there's a chance the Suns will get the #1 overall pick (0.5%) or at least a Top-3 pick (1.82%).
If the Suns do get a top-3 pick this season, they will STILL have the #14 along with #18 and #27 because the Minnesota Timberwolves would drop to 14th (unless they too win a top-3 pick) and convey the pick to the Suns, giving the Suns four first round picks this season.
The Morrii factor
The Suns are trying to double up their luck this year by sending the Morris twins to represent the Suns in the lotto room and on the dais. Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris will (hopefully) wear the same exact suit and share the same chair behind the Suns podium.
The Morrii are intimidating, so maybe they can scare the ping pong balls into coming up in the Suns' favor. Watch out for reports of Markieff getting his 13th technical for staring down the ping pong machine while his brother has his back.
The Suns could use some luck. They lost the coin flip for Lew Alcindor (later Kareem Abdul Jabbar), getting the servicable Neal Walk instead. They also got screwed in 2007, when the Hawks jumped up from giving the Suns the #6 pick (could have been Joakim Noah) to keeping the #3 pick (Al Horford) after beating the odds to move up.
The Suns have been in the lottery 10 of the 29 seasons there's been a lottery system, and moved up twice: moving from No. 7 to No. 6 in 1986 (selected William Bedford) and moving from No. 5 to No. 2 in 1987 (selected Armon Gilliam).
Ok, reading that again it appears the Suns have done okay in the luck department. But that Alcindor coin flip and the Hawks catastrophe has Suns fans feeling screwed over in the lottery.
Let's go Suns!