3 Biggest takeaways from the shocking 2024 NBA Draft Lottery results

The 2024 NBA Draft Lottery was extremely exciting, with a few teams getting lucky and skyrocketing up the draft board.
May 12, 2024; Chicago, IL, USA; Atlanta Hawks general manager Landry Fields (right) and Mark
May 12, 2024; Chicago, IL, USA; Atlanta Hawks general manager Landry Fields (right) and Mark / David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
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Breaking down three of the biggest takeaways after a shocking 2024 NBA Draft Lottery.

The 2024 NBA Draft lottery is officially complete and now we know the exact order of the first fourteen picks in this year’s draft. The lottery isn’t the most exciting event in the NBA, but it usually draws the attention of fans whose team has a solid chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick.

This year, the lottery had a ton of drama as the expected draft order was shaken up just a few picks into the lottery. Let’s go through the biggest takeaways from this year’s NBA Draft lottery and what the results mean for the draft.

1. The Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets skyrocket up the lottery

Heading into the lottery, the Rockets and Hawks were projected to have the 10th and 9th pick respectively. The Rockets had just a 20.3% chance to rise into the top four with their pick from the Brooklyn Nets while the Hawks had just a 13.9% chance to rise into the top four. However, these teams got extremely lucky as the Hawks won the entire lottery and got the No. 1 overall pick while the Rockets got the No. 3 pick. 

The Hawks had a 3% chance to win the No. 1 pick, so this result was extremely surprising. This is a big moment for the franchise as they were expected to make significant changes to their roster this summer, including possibly trading their star point guard Trae Young. Now they may change their plans as they will have a chance to add a talented young player on a cheap contract to their roster.

If they selected Alex Sarr, a 19-year-old center from France and the consensus top-ranked player in the class, they could trade Dejounte Murray and Clint Capela and build around a core of Trae Young, Jalen Johnson, Alex Sarr, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and Onyeka Okongwu, which is a solid foundation to build upon for the future.

The Rockets are in an interesting spot as well because they have a ton of young players on their roster and they don’t necessarily need another one. However, it never hurts to have more young players who have the potential to become a star or a valuable trade asset in the future. Perhaps they should consider trading the pick to get a talented veteran to help their roster become more competitive next season.

If they decide to keep the pick, they could go in several different directions but it seems they will most likely target one of Zaccharie Risacher, Donovan Clingan, Nikola Topic, or possibly Reed Sheppard or Matas Buzelis. Of course, it’s early in the process, but it seems like these are the players who will most likely be in consideration for the third pick.

Although most analysts consider this draft class to be underwhelming, there are some extremely talented players available who could be quite good at the next level. Sure, there’s not a prospect with an obvious superstar upside, but that doesn’t mean the draft class is bad. Hawks and Rockets fans should be extremely excited about jumping up this high in the draft.