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The Duncan Derby
Tim Kurkjian
May 05, 1997
Despite their NBA-worst 14-68 record, the Grizzlies won't get first shot at this year's draft prize, Wake Forest center Tim Duncan (right). Vancouver and Toronto qualified for the draft lottery, which will be held May 18, but the terms of their expansion agreement dictate that neither can have the first pick until 1999. That leaves the Celtics, with the league's second-worst record, sitting pretty and dreaming of a dynasty built around Duncan. In addition to its own lottery balls, Boston has Dallas's, which increases the Celtics' odds even further. Here's the chance, expressed as a percentage, of each of the 10 eligible teams' receiving the top pick in the '97 draft (assuming there are no trades or other moves).
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May 05, 1997

The Duncan Derby

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Despite their NBA-worst 14-68 record, the Grizzlies won't get first shot at this year's draft prize, Wake Forest center Tim Duncan (right). Vancouver and Toronto qualified for the draft lottery, which will be held May 18, but the terms of their expansion agreement dictate that neither can have the first pick until 1999. That leaves the Celtics, with the league's second-worst record, sitting pretty and dreaming of a dynasty built around Duncan. In addition to its own lottery balls, Boston has Dallas's, which increases the Celtics' odds even further. Here's the chance, expressed as a percentage, of each of the 10 eligible teams' receiving the top pick in the '97 draft (assuming there are no trades or other moves).

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