UPDATED: The Warriors will have better than a 70 percent chance of keeping their first-round draft pick after winning the tie-breaker with Toronto on Friday, the team announced. As a result, Golden State could end up with four
Golden State and the Raptors finished tied with the seventh-worst record in the NBA. A random drawing held by the NBA in New York broke the tie. The Warriors will be slotted No. 7 entering the draft lottery, and Toronto is slotted No. 8.
Winning the tie-breaker means Golden State has a 12.6 percent chance of moving up into the top three, including a 3.6 percent chance of landing the top pick. There is nearly a 60 percent chance the Warriors will stay at No. 7.
If Golden State lands the eighth pick or lower, it will be sent to Utah based on a trade from 2008. But if the Warriors land a top seven selection, a condition kicks in that allows them to keep the selection and send their 2013 pick to Utah.
The Warriors will find out where they draft at the May 30 draft lottery in
Secaucus, N.JNew York. Winning the tie-breaker means Golden State has a 12.6 percent chance of moving up into the top three, including a 3.6 percent chance of landing the top pick. There is nearly a 60 percent chance the Warriors will stay at No. 7.
If the Warriors had lost the tie-breaker, they would have been slotted No. 8. That would have required they move up in the draft lottery into the top three, which the No. 8 slot now has a 12.4 percent chance of doing.
The Warriors were involved in a total of four tie-breakers on Friday, winning three of them. The other three involved the pick from San Antonio Golden State acquired in exchange for Stephen Jackson, and second round picks the Warriors acquired from New Jersey and Atlanta. In addition to potentially getting a top seven pick, the Warriors will select No. 30, 35 and 52. The 30th pick they got from the Spurs. The No. 35 pick they got from New Jersey in the Brandon Wright/Dan Gadzuric for Troy Murphy trade February 2011. The No. 52 pick they bought from Atlanta in March.