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Rockets defy odds, land No. 3 pick in 2024 NBA draft lottery

Rockets defy odds, land No. 3 pick in 2024 NBA draft lottery

The Houston Rockets entered Sundayโ€™s 2024 NBA draft lottery with low probabilities of winning one of the top-four picks decided by the lottery. And yet, somehow, they defied those odds and walked away with a top-four selection for a fourth straight year.

Houstonโ€™s pick from Brooklyn (32-50), acquired in the January 2021 trade for James Harden, jumped from the No. 9 pre-lottery odds slot to No. 3 overall in the first round. The pick had only a 15% chance of a top-three spot, and it is now the highest of any Western Conference team. Only Atlanta (No. 1) and Washington (No. 2) are in front.

The Rockets (41-41) did lose their own pick at No. 12 overall, which was owed to Oklahoma City (with top-four protection) as part of the July 2019 trade involving Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook. However, the impact of losing that No. 12 selection obviously pales in comparison to the pick from the Nets jumping to No. 3 overall.

The lottery took place in Chicago, which is where the leagueโ€™s draft combine will take place over the remainder of this week.

Featuring perspective from media members and fans who closely follow the Rockets, hereโ€™s our roundup of initial reaction and key takeaways related to Sundayโ€™s 2024 NBA draft lottery results.

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