Once again the ping pong balls are falling to determine what the order will be for the first half of the first round in this year's NBA Draft.
A daughter's toy wooden pig.
The likely spot for the Magic to land is either No. 5 or No. 6.
The Magic is listed with an 8.8 percent chance of landing the No. 1 pick and a 29.1 percent chance of getting a top three pick. The doll will sit close by. The team will have an 8.4 percent chance of receiving the seventh pick and a 0.4 percent chance of receiving the eighth pick.
Because Orlando finished with the NBA's fifth-worst record, it will have an 8.8 percent chance of winning the lottery, a 9.6 percent likelihood of receiving the second pick and 10.7 percent odds of picking third. The team has missed the playoffs for six consecutive seasons and is making its sixth consecutive trip to the lottery.
It seems nearly unfathomable, but the Boston Celtics have a shot at a top-three NBA Draft pick for third consecutive season. Inasmuch as you believe in lucky totems, they probably can only do much good if they're present for the actual event in quetion.
This year, three teams - Brooklyn, the Los Angeles Lakers and Detroit - traded away their first-round picks. (And some people know the results, this isn't a Schrodinger's lottery ball situation.) But while Dan Gilbert's kid remains the gold standard (back-to-back wins, although one was Anthony Bennett) the Orlando Magic are a strong contender this year, especially if you're a 90s kid. If it does not, Boston will receive the Sacramento Kings' or Sixers' first-round pick in 2019.