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NBA Draft Lottery 2012: Odds, TV Coverage

The future of the Brooklyn Nets franchise could easily be riding on the bounce of a handful on ping pong balls Wednesday night in the 2012 NBA Draft Lottery, which will be televised on ESPN at 8 p.m.

The Nets only have a 7.5 percent chance of getting the first overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft, but stranger things have happened. It would be a huge boon to Brooklyn if it could come into a new city with a shiny new toy such as likely first overall selection Anthony Davis, the 6-foot-10 phenom from Kentucky who has been compared to Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan. Plus, that might be the only way star point guard Deron Williams, a free agent this offseason, sticks around.

The Nets do have a 25 percent chance of landing one of the top three selections. If they don't land one of the top three, their first-round pick goes to the Portland Trail Blazers as part of the team's trade for Gerald Wallace last season. In that case, Brooklyn would be without a first-round selection.

The lottery is always fun to watch, unless you're that token front office man who should end up happy only to have lady luck turn her back.

Here is a full list of the percentages each team has for the first overall selection:

Charlotte Bobcats: 25.0%

Washington Wizards:19.9%

Cleveland Cavaliers: 13.8%

New Orleans Hornets: 13.7%

Sacramento Kings: 7.6%

Brooklyn Nets: 7.5%

Golden State Warriors: 3.6%

Toronto Raptors: 3.5%

Detroit Pistons: 1.7%

Minnesota Timberwolves: 1.1%

Portland Trail Blazers: 0.8%

Milwaukee Bucks: 0.7%

Phoenix Suns: 0.6%

Houston Rockets: 0.5%

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