War­riors await to resched­ule sea­son

Lottery, com­bine were sched­uled to take place in Chicago this week

Times Standard (Eureka) - - FRONT PAGE - By Wes Gold­berg

While teams at the top of the NBA standings await the league’s plan to restart the sea­son, teams like the War­riors, at the bot­tom of the standings, are more cu­ri­ous about what the draft lottery and com­bine will look like when they are resched­uled.

Since the NBA sea­son was sus­pended on March 11 due to the coro­n­avirus pan­demic, league op­er­a­tions have been at a stand­still. Not only were games post­poned in­def­i­nitely, the NBA draft lottery and com­bine — which were sup­posed to take place this week in Chicago — have yet to be resched­uled.

Be­cause they are of­fi­cially elim­i­nated from the play­offs, the War­riors are more fo­cused on the league’s plan for rescheduli­ng these events than how a sea­son will re­sume.

How­ever, those in the War­riors front of­fice have not heard any­thing from the league about rescheduli­ng the draft lottery or com­bine, with one ex­ec­u­tive say­ing, “I be­lieve the last thing on the league’s mind is the draft.”

With the NBA’s worst record, the War­riors are tied for the best odds to land the No. 1 pick and are guar­an­teed a top-five pick when the lottery — orig­i­nally sched­uled for Tues­day — is even­tu­ally con­ducted.

Golden State has a 14% chance of get­ting the No. 1 pick, a 13.4% chance at the No. 2 pick, a 12.7% chance at the No. 3 pick, a 12% chance at the No. 4 pick and a 47.9% chance at the No. 5 pick.

De­spite hav­ing com­pleted about 75% of the sea­son, the NBA re­port­edly does not plan to change the lottery odds if they are not able to fin­ish the reg­u­lar sea­son, be­liev­ing that enough of a sam­ple is avail­able to es­tab­lish a fair draft or­der.

It also helps that, start­ing last year, lottery odds were flat­tened to give teams a bet­ter chance of mov­ing up in the draft. In last year’s lottery, the New Or­leans Pel­i­cans and Mem­phis Griz­zlies, tied for the sev­en­thbest odds, moved up to the first and sec­ond over­all picks, re­spec­tively.

DAVID BANKS — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE

Com­mis­sioner Adam Sil­ver un­veils the NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP Award dur­ing a news con­fer­ence on Feb. 15 in Chicago.

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