Welcome to the 2017 NBA Lottery (6:30 p.m. MDT, ESPN), one of the most important yet comical events on the league calendar.
Each year, the NBA's 14 non-playoff teams sit in a mid-town New York ballroom and let ping-pong balls with 1,001 possible combinations determine the fate of their multi-million and billion dollar franchises, as they've done since the lottery's inception in 1984.
If you're new to the lottery, here's how it works:
14 ping-pong balls, numbered 1-14 are placed in an oval-shaped glass container. Prior to the lottery, 1,000 combinations are randomly assigned to the 14 lottery teams, with the team with the best chance of the No. 1 pick receiving 250 of those combinations.
Then, the first four ping-pong balls are drawn determining the first four-digit combination. That team is awarded the No. 1 pick. The process is then repeated for the second and third picks. After the top three selections are set, the remaining teams are slotted in order from 4-14.
The Participants (number of combinations available for No. 1 pick | percentage chance at No. 1 pick)