On Tuesday night, 14 NBA teams will learn their fate when it comes to draft position as the Draft Lottery, the most exciting ping-pong ball related activity in major professional sports, takes place. The lottery has always been a big deal, especially in years in which there’s a clear generational talent up for grabs as the No. 1 pick. The lottery can be a turning point for a franchise, but it can also be painful.
Dating back to the first lottery in 1985, there has been excitement, disappointment, and controversy. For every team like the Knicks that wins the right to take Patrick Ewing, there’s a team like the Pacers that left feeling robbed. Part of the lottery is having representatives for all 14 teams in attendance, learning the fate of their team in the draft. On Monday, the NBA released the full list of team representatives for the 2017 Draft Lottery, which includes a mix of current players, coaches, GMs, executives, and owners.
Among the highlights on the list of representatives include Devin Booker of the Suns who will also be bringing a young Special Olympics athlete with him. The NBA recently made the rule that the person officially representing the team has to be an employee of some form — aka, the Nick Gilbert rule — but Booker will be able to bring his guest in alongside him. Here is the full list of team representatives, ranked from least inspiring for their team’s chances to most.