nuggetsDenver can become fourth team in history to move from double-digits to top-three

In less than two weeks, the Denver Nuggets will be seeking to become the fourth team in NBA history with the good fortune of swapping a double-digit draft position for a top-three pick.

The Nuggets currently sit at No. 11 on the draft board and the probability chart gives them a 90.74 percent chance of staying in that slot when the draft lottery is held on May 20.

In most years, the Nuggets would have a 0.8 percent chance of landing the top overall pick, but it jumps to 1.5 percent this year because they also own the rights to the New York Knicks’ seven lottery combinations as part of the Carmelo Anthony trade in 2011.

Denver will send the worse of its two first-round picks to Orlando as part of the Dwight Howard-Andre Iguodala-Arron Afflalo trade in 2012.

If the Nuggets don’t land the top pick, they still have a 1.78 percent chance of jumping to second and a 2.16 percent chance of picking third – thanks, once again, to their ownership of New York’s lottery combinations.


Source: NBA