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NBA Draft Lottery: Clippers Stay At Picks 12, 13

Overwhelming odds won out, as neither Clippers pick moved.

NBA: Lottery Draft Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

At the NBA Draft Lottery in Chicago Tuesday night, the Clippers had an uneventful night. They entered the night in slot 13, with the Detroit Pistons’ pick in slot 12, and that’s just how they left.

In order for that to change, at least one of the teams in slots 12, 13, and 14 would have had to jump into the top 3—an incredibly unlikely occurrence. Slot 12 had a 2.5% chance of jumping, slot 13 had a 2.2% chance, and slot 14 had a 1.8% chance.

With the 12th and 13th picks, the Clippers will miss out on top-tier talent that would have been available if they had jumped into the top 3, but they’ll still have an opportunity to select from a player pool that could include some of Mikal Bridges, Miles Bridges, Robert Williams, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Kevin Knox, among others.

The Clippers can also explore a variety of trade options using these picks and their horde of expiring contracts, either moving higher in the draft or using draft assets to make a move for a more established current NBA player.

The NBA Draft will be held on June 21st, ahead of July’s free agency period.