The Nets jump from No. 7 to No. 1 in the draft lottery. Orlando gets picks 5, 10 and 13.
The Nets, a team looking for a coach, a president and director of basketball operations after another dreadful season, finally won a big one, getting the No. 1 pick in the draft lottery on Sunday.
"It's so unbelievable that it's hard for me to stand here and tell you how I feel," said principal owner Lewis Katz, who pumped the air with his fist after the Nets won. "My insides are shaking right now. This is it. This is the beginning of something good for the Nets. I really believe that."
The Nets (31-51) had a 4.4 percent chance of jumping from the No. 7 spot in the lottery to the top spot in the draft, but luck was on their side when pingpong ball numbers 6-8-9-14 were drawn.
The Nets' jump is the second biggest since the league switched to the weighted pingpong ball system in 1990. Orlando jumped from 11th to first in 1993, the year it took Chris Webber, then traded him to Golden State for Penny Hardaway and three first-round picks, the last of which gave the Magic the rights to the Warriors' choice this year.
That turned out to be No. 5 overall. Orlando also will have the 10th (from Denver) and 13th picks.
The lottery was filled with upsets as Vancouver also made a move up, jumping from No. 4 to the second pick. On the other hand, the Clippers and Bulls, the two worst teams in the lottery, slipped to the third and fourth picks, respectively.
The Clippers (15-67) had a 25 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick and the Bulls (17-65) had a 20 percent chance.
"This pick could basically really move the team up a substantial notch," new Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley said. "There's so many options. We may be able to make a trade for the pick, we may be able to trade for two other picks further down."
Atlanta will pick sixth and will be followed by Chicago (using a pick it got from Washington) Cleveland, Houston, Orlando, Boston, Dallas and Orlando.
First-round order for the June 28 draft. The top 13 picks were determined by lottery:
1. New Jersey
3. L.A. Clippers
5. Magic (from Golden State)
7. Chicago (from Washington)
10. Magic (from Denver)
18. L.A. Clippers (from Toronto via Atlanta, Phil., N.Y.)
21. Toronto (from Minnesota)
22. New York
23. Utah (from Miami)
24. Chicago (from San Antonio)
29. L.A. Lakers