As one of the league’s worst teams last season, the Houston Rockets have some of the best odds of landing the No. 1 pick, but there's no guarantee they'll pick first, second, or even third overall. It all depends on how the ping pong balls fall.
There was a time when most pro sports leagues simply drafted in the inverse order of their regular season records. The worst team got the first pick, the second-worst picked second, and so forth. But too many franchises concluded their best hopes for a turnaround were through losing intentionally — tanking — to secure those blue-chip superstar picks.
Is that the way to go? It worked pretty well for the Astros. The Texans and Rockets are still rebuilding so the jury's out on them.