Noel at center of lottery intrigue

The NBA Draft Lottery will be held on Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. Kentucky's Nerlens Noel has a strong chance to be the No. 1 pick depending on which franchise emerges with the first choice.

2013 NBA Draft Lottery
Tuesday, May 21 at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN
Disney/ABC's Times Square Studios, New York

After failing to make the playoffs, the fate of 14 struggling NBA franchises rests within the drop of a ping-pong ball during tonight's draft lottery ceremony. Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel appears to be the top prize for whichever team's logo is selected first.

At 6-foot-10, the one-and-done center has been considered the odds-on favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft since he announced his reclassification to the 2012 recruiting class last February.

Noel averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and led the nation with 4.4 blocked shots per game in his lone season at UK.

Noel remains at the top of what is being called a historically-weak draft class despite still recovering from a torn ACL. And after losing the face of their franchise in Dwight Howard, the Orlando Magic have the best odds of earning the top overall pick following a league worst, 20-62 season.

But being that there are 1,000 different number combinations that go into earning the No. 1 pick, Magic fans should not claim the rights to Noel just yet. In fact, the team with the best odds has only won the lottery two times since the NBA switched to the new system in 1985.

Odds of Winning the No. 1 pick:
1. Orlando Magic, 25 percent
2. Charlotte Bobcats, 19.9 percent
3. Cleveland Cavaliers, 15.6 percent
4. Phoenix Suns, 11.9 percent
5. New Orleans Pelicans, 8.8 percent
6. Sacramento Kings, 6.3 percent
7. Detroit Pistons, 4.3 percent
8. Washington Wizards, 2.8 percent
9. Minnesota Timberwolves, 1.7 percent
10. Portland Trail Blazers, 1.1 percent
11. Philadelphia 76ers, 0.8 percent
12. Toronto Raptors, 0.7 percent
13. Dallas Mavericks, 0.6 percent
14. Utah Jazz, 0.5 percent

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