Before the Heat and Celtics take one step closer to fulfilling their championship aspirations, the hopes of the league's worst teams will rest in the balance at the 2012 NBA Draft Lottery before Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The fourteen teams that didn't make the playoffs will have an opportunity to win the No. 1 overall pick in next month's draft. The Bobcats, Wizards and Cavaliers have the best chances of winning the lottery. The Rockets, Suns, Bucks and Trail Blazers all have less than a one percent chance of obtaining the top pick.
The team that wins the No. 1 pick will likely select 19-year old Naismith College Player of the Year, Anthony Davis. The freshman out of Kentucky was the best college basketball player this past season and averaged 14.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.7 blocks per game en route to a national championship.
Davis' teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Thomas Robinson from Kansas are expected to go near the top, but Davis is the real prize. The big man would help any team in the NBA, but there are a few that could use him more than others.
Here are three teams that would benefit the most from winning the draft lottery and selecting Davis:
The Bobcats clearly need the No. 1 pick more than any other team. They had the worst winning percentage in NBA history. Charlotte went 7-59, and finished 13 games worse than any team in the league. Whether it's offense or defense, the Bobcats need help.
The Bobcats allowed 100.9 points per game, which ranked 27th in the league. They were also one of the worst rebounding teams in the NBA and Davis' rebounding prowess will only improve the league's 31st ranked rebounding team. Charlotte took undersized combo guard Kemba Walker in the first round last year, but he didn't make much of an impact in year one. Walker averaged 12.1 points per game, but shot just 36.6% from the field.
Charlotte has the best chance of winning the lottery at 25 percent.
The Nets had the fifth-worst record in the NBA, but may need the No. 1 pick more than anyone besides the Bobcats.
Brooklyn not only needs Davis to help them win games, but they need a star player to help with the transition from New Jersey to Brooklyn. If the Nets lose Deron Williams to free agency, they won't have any star players and an even shakier future. Davis would give the Nets hope for the future, and Williams might choose to stay with the club if they can partner him with the number one pick. If the Nets are unable to get an impact player like Davis in the draft, Williams will likely to go elsewhere.
The Nets have a 7.5 percent chance of winning the lottery. In 2010, they had the best odds of any team, but ended up taking Georgia Tech's Derrick Favors with the third pick.
The Suns came very close to making the playoffs by finishing just three games behind the eighth-seeded Jazz. Even though Phoenix finished a .500 winning percentage, they need to win the lottery more than almost any other non-playoff team. Steve Nash was the engine for the Suns offense for eight seasons and a main reason why the Suns were in contention for the postseason. He led Phoenix with 10.7 assists per game, and scored 12.5 points per contest. Nash is a free agent, who will likely leave for a contender and without their star point guard, the Suns would likely have been one of the league's five worst teams.
Phoenix has some good young players, but they don't have any stars besides Nash. Davis would immediately become the best player on the Suns if they were to draft him.
Unfortunately for Phoenix, they probably won't get him. The Suns only have a .6 percent chance of winning the NBA Lottery.