The tank is finally over.
Some teams, like Golden State, Houston and Cleveland, enter the season with the expectation of a championship. Others, like Boston, Oklahoma City and Toronto expect to contend.
But then there are the tanking teams, squads that hope to lose as many games to potentially secure a draft position high enough to land a franchise player that can lead them to the promise land.
Although the NBA's new drafting system makes tanking a little more difficult, the worst teams still get the highest odds of a higher draft pick. The top three picks are decided by drawing ping pong balls, but the remaining picks in the lottery (4-14) will be arranged by team records. Here are the final 2018 NBA draft lottery standings and odds:
|Team||Odds of No. 1 pick||Odds of top-three pick|
|1. Phoenix Suns (21-61)||25 percent||64.2 percent|
|2. Memphis Grizzlies (22-60)||19.9 percent||55.8 percent|
|3. Dallas Mavericks (24-58)||13.8 percent||42.6 percent|
|4. Atlanta Hawks (24-58)||13.7 percent||42.6 percent|
|5. Orlando Magic (25-57)||8.8 percent||29.1 percent|
|6. Chicago Bulls (27-55)||5.3 percent||18.3 percent|
|7. Sacramento Kings (27-55)||5.3 percent||18.3 percent|
|8. Cleveland Cavaliers via Brooklyn Nets (28-54)||2.8 percent||9.9 percent|
|9. New York Knicks (29-53)||1.7 percent||6.1 percent|
|10. Philadelphia 76ers or Boston Celtics via L.A. Lakers (35-47)*||1.1 percent||4.0 percent|
|11. Charlotte Hornets (36-46)||0.8 percent||2.9 percent|
|12. L.A. Clippers via Detroit Pistons (39-43)**||0.7 percent||2.5 percent|
|13. L.A. Clippers (42-40)||0.6 percent||2.2 percent|
|14. Denver Nuggets (46-36)||0.5 percent||1.8 percent|
* Celtics get pick if 2-5, otherwise Sixers receive it
** Pistons keep pick if 1-4