Trail Blazers Enter Draft Lottery Hoping History Repeats Itself

It’s been nearly a decade since either the Portland Trail Blazers or their fans had cause to pay much attention to the Draft Lottery. Having made the playoffs in eight-straight seasons before an unceremonious end to the 2021-22 campaign, there just hasn’t been much motivation other than general curiosity to keep close tabs on the NBA’s version of playing the numbers.

In fact, the Trail Blazers have only had their hopes and dreams defined by numbered balls in a hopper seven times since the first iteration of the Draft Lottery back in 1985, which makes sense considering they’ve only missed the postseason 15 times in franchise history. And since seven of those playoff-less seasons occurred before the Draft Lottery was instituted in 1985, the franchise has mostly been an observer rather than a participant.

So without much experience in the lottery, either recently or historically, it’s probably worth a quick refresher on some of the basics of the Draft Lottery as it pertains to the Trail Blazers, who have the sixth-best chance of taking home the top pick, prior to Tuesday’s draw. It’s not all that difficult to grasp — it’s basically a raffle — but there are a few small quirks here and there worth knowing about if you’re going to watch the results show, so a few things to consider…

The lottery is on all of our minds… https://t.co/3krltKiGmG pic.twitter.com/KDsGYiPf49

— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) May 12, 2022…

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