Detroit Pistons win NBA lottery, will pick first overall

Published June 23, 2021, 10:47 AM

by Agence-France-Presse

NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum holds up the card of the Detroit Pistons after they get the 1st overall pick in the NBA Draft during the 2021 NBA Draft Lottery on June 22, 2021 at the NBA Entertainment Studios in Secaucus, New Jersey. (Photo by Steve Freeman / NBAE / Getty Images / Getty Images via AFP)

The Detroit Pistons will pick first in the 2021 NBA entry draft next month after winning the league’s draft lottery on Tuesday.

Detroit last picked first when they chose future hall of famer Bob Lanier in 1970. Three years earlier they selected Jimmy Walker in the top spot.

The Houston Rockets will select second and the Cleveland Cavaliers will pick third.

The Rockets, Pistons and Orlando Magic had highest chances of winning the lottery and the top pick.

The lottery was good to the Toronto Raptors who moved into the top four. It will be their highest pick since the 2006 draft when they chose Italy’s Andrea Bargnani first overall.

The Orlando Magic and Golden State Warriors have two picks in the top 14.