Beal is lucky charm in New York for lottery
With last year's No. 3 overall pick Bradley Beal as their lucky charm, the Wizards jumped forward in the NBA draft lottery to claim the same selection in the 2013 NBA Draft.
The Wizards made the most of having a 12.3 percent chance to move into the top three and a 4.79 percent chance to win the third pick, jumping five spots from eighth, where they had just a 3.5 percent chance to claim the top overall selection. It was the third time in 17 lottery appearances that the Wizards moved up, and the first that they did so without claiming the No. 1 overall pick.
"We are thrilled to be able to add in another young talent with the third pick in this year's draft and are very optimistic about what our team can accomplish moving forward," Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement.
Determined to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2008, the Wizards now have a larger pool of potential candidates to add to a team that started the 2012-13 season with a 4-28 record but went 25-25 over the final 50 games. The draft takes place June 27 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
"Time to stay out the lottery now!," Beal said on Twitter afterward.
Should Washington choose to keep the pick, the most likely scenario, the No. 3 selection will complete a formidable franchise trio alongside Beal and John Wall, the top overall draft choice in 2010.
Following his standout sophomore season with Georgetown, 6-foot-8 forward Otto Porter Jr. is expected to be in the mix, while 6-11 Kentucky center Nerlens Noel and 6-3 Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore have both been projected among the top one or two picks. Maryland's 7-1 center Alex Len is also projected to be a high lottery pick as is 6-4 Indiana guard and former DeMatha High product Victor Oladipo.
The last time the Wizards had same lottery pick in consecutive years was 1992 and 1993, when they drafted Tom Gugliotta and Calbert Cheaney sixth overall.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, who had the third-best chance (13.8 percent) to win the lottery after finishing the year 24-58, claimed the top choice for the second time in three seasons. Their representative at Disney/ABC Times Square Studios in Manhattan was Nick Gilbert - the son of Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert - who was also there in 2011, when Cleveland won the right to select guard Kyrie Irving.
Despite having the best odds (25.0 percent) after finishing last season with a league-worst 20-62 record following the trade of Dwight Howard last summer, the Orlando Magic slipped to the second overall selection. The Charlotte Bobcats, who had the fourth-best odds, dropped to fourth.
The rest of the lottery order: Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, Detroit Pistons, Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz.
Because the Raptors did not jump up into the top-three of the draft order, their pick will go to the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of last year's James Harden trade.
In addition to the first round choice, the Wizards hold their own second round pick (38th overall) and the New York Knicks' second round pick (54th overall).