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How Does The NBA Draft Tiebreaker Work?

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Let’s talk about the NBA Draft, and what role tiebreakers can play in the results. Tiebreakers decide multiple parts of the draft process in different ways, so here is your reference sheet.

Let’s start with the source: The NBA themselves has written about their draft lottery system process.

Fourteen ping-pong balls numbered 1 through 14 will be placed in a lottery machine. There are 1,001 possible combinations when four balls are drawn out of 14, without regard to their order of selection. Before the lottery, 1,000 of those 1,001 combinations will be assigned to the 14 participating lottery teams.