When is the NBA Draft Lottery? Date, Time, Odds, How to Watch

By Noah Magaro-George
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The San Antonio Spurs are headed to the NBA Draft Lottery for the fourth straight season after officially being eliminated from playoff contention on Friday. A combination of injuries, inexperience, and inconsistency plagued this young ball club from the get-go, and they will need a little luck if they hope to land a franchise-altering prospect.

When is the 2023 NBA Draft Lottery?

The 2023 NBA Draft Lottery is on May 16, 2023, at 7:00 PM CT. Spurs fans can watch the nerve-racking proceedings unfold live on ESPN.

What are the Spurs' Lottery Odds?

Because the league office flattened the lottery odds in 2019, the Spurs, Rockets, and Pistons all have a 14% chance of taking home the first overall pick. San Antonio owns the third-worst record, and they can slip no further than seventh in the 2023 NBA Draft.

Here are their odds for each pick with 15 games left in the regular season:

1st: 14.0%
2nd: 13.4% 
3rd: 12.7%
4th: 12.0%
5th: 14.8%
6th: 26.0%
7th: 7.0%

The Silver and Black have a 52.1% chance of drafting in the top four, but sixth is their most likely landing spot. The latter scenario would be a tough pill for fans to swallow after all the frustrating losses they endured throughout the first year of the rebuild.

Who are the best prospects in this class?

Victor Wembanyama is the undisputed number-one pick, and most draft experts have touted Scoot Henderson and Brandon Miller as the second and third-best prospects in this class. Below are a few names that fans should know just in case the Spurs get the short end of the stick in the Draft Lottery.

Amen Thompson, Overtime Elite
Ausar Thompson, Overtime Elite
Cam Whitmore, Villanova
Nick Smith Jr., Arkanas
Anthony Black, Arkansas
Keyonte George, Baylor
Jarace Walker, Houston

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