ChrisHaynes, CSNNW.com Trail Blazers Insider (@ChrisBHaynes)
Thetime has come to see what picks the Portland Trail Blazers willpossess as the 2012 NBA Draft lottery begins this afternoon.
Asof now, the Trail Blazers are slotted to attain the No. 11 selectionand they've acquired a protected top 3 pick from the Brooklyn Nets inthe Gerald Wallace trade. The Nets are slotted at No. 6.
Thelottery process will begin in reverse order from No. 14. The TrailBlazers hope they can find their way into the top three.
TheTrail Blazers have a .80 percent shot at the No. 1 pick, .95 percentshot at the No. 2 selection, and a 1.15 percent shot at the No. 3selection.
Basically,a miracle would have to occur.
Asyou would know, the Nets have a more favorable chance at sneaking inthe top three: 7.50 percent at the No. 1 pick, 8.33 percent at No. 2,and 9.36 percent at the No. 3 selection.
Theinformative stat for the Trail Blazers are that the Nets have a 25.19percent chance of getting a top three pick.
Themoment the lottery show begins, Trail Blazer fans need to be onguard. Depending on how things shakeup, they could fall anywhere fromthe 11-14 position. As with the Nets, they could land anywhere fromthe 6-9 slot.
WesleyMatthews will be in New York representing the Trail Blazers andthat's not a bad idea. Matthews was undrafted in 2009 out ofMarquette University and he could provide the necessary karma theTrail Blazers are hoping for.
If you believe in that sort of thing.
Justkeep in mind that the Chicago Bulls grabbed the No. 1 pick in 2008after having only a 1.7 percent chance of attaining that spot. Fromthere, they selected the soon-to-be MVP of the league.
So,anything is possible.
TheTrail Blazers are in good shape today and should find themselves withtwo lottery picks. However, the disaster would be if the TrailBlazers fall to No. 13 and the Nets end up with a top three.
Thatwould be highly unlikely, but could happen. We shall find out today.