The 2011 NBA Draft Lottery takes place today, May 17th, at 5:30 PM (pacific time) on ESPN and ESPN3.com. While the Clippers do not have a pick in the Draft Lottery this year, there are a few elements of it that may impact the future of the Clippers.
1) Buyer's Remorse: Many Clippers fans are interested in if the first round pick the Clippers gave up to get Mo Williams near the trade deadline will stay as the projected 8th pick or become a top 3 pick.
2) Trade Partners: These lottery picks could also be traded for by the Clippers, and this lottery will decide the Clippers potential trade partners.
3) The 2012 Pick: This lottery could very well influence the worth of the Clippers 2012 first round pick acquired from the Timberwolves. The worse Minnesota's pick is this year, the bigger an asset the Clippers acquired pick may be this Summer or next year.
4) East VS West: This year there are 12 teams choosing the 14 lottery picks. Out of the projected top 7 picks, 4 are from the East ad 3 are from the West. Additionally, 3 of the top 4 projected picks are in the East. The more talent that goes to the East, the better chance the Clippers won't be competing as often against the likes of Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams in the near future.
You can find more information on the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery on the NBA website.