2022 NBA Draft Lottery results, order: Orlando Magic win first overall pick for first time since 2004

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The Orlando Magic won the 2022 lottery and will pick first in the June NBA Draft. Orlando had the worst record in the Eastern Conference in the 2021-22 season at 22-60. The Magic trailed only the Rockets in the overall standings, but thanks to new NBA lottery rules, they had the same 14 percent odds as Houston. They’ve now earned their first No. 1 pick since drafting Dwight Howard in 2004, and that will allow them to add an incredible prospect to one of the youngest rosters in the NBA.

Joining the top four are the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings in that order. The Thunder are the only team with multiple picks in the lottery, as they will pick at #2 and #12. Houston had the worst record in the NBA, but fell just shy of the top pick for the second year consecutive. Sacramento was the surprise team in the top four. They went from No. 7 to No. 4.

Below you can find the full lottery order. The top four selections are the only ones determined by lottery, with the remaining 10 being awarded in reverse order of registration. You can see the entire order of the NBA Draft here.

The 2022 NBA Draft will take place on June 23, after the Finals have concluded and the entire league has shifted its focus to the offseason. While this class lacks the No. 1 safe pick it gave us last year in Oklahoma State point guard Cade Cunningham, there are a number of prospects who can defend the top pick.

Gonzaga center Chet Holmgren has been among the favorites since the process began, and his rare combination of shooting and rim protection will make him an extremely coveted prospect. Auburn forward Jabari Smith and Duke forward Paolo Banchero will also be in the mix, and both are elite scorers for their position. The only point guard believed to be in the running for the No. 1 pick is Purdue point guard Jaden Ivey, an elite athlete who impressed on college basketball’s biggest stage in March.

A little luck in the lottery can change the whole fortune of a franchise. Cleveland jumped to No. 3 last season, and with Evan Mobley at power forward, the Cavs nearly returned to the first round of the playoffs for the first time since LeBron James left. Scottie Barnes actually helped lead the Toronto Raptors back to the playoffs after the Raptors jumped into the top four last summer, narrowly beating Mobley for Rookie of the Year in the process. Tuesday night’s results will have a huge and immediate impact on both the 14 teams involved in the proceedings and the 16 watching at home.

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