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NBA Lottery Mock Draft: How it works

ESPN.com's lottery mock draft is based on the actual NBA lottery. Each team in the lottery has a chance to win the first pick of the 2015 NBA draft.

When you open ESPN.com's Lottery Mock Draft, you see the current "lottery standings." The first team listed is the NBA's worst team.

Then, when you click the "PLAY LOTTERY" button, you can see the lottery in action, according to the NBA's lottery formula. NBA draft Insider Chad Ford has provided an analysis of which player each team is likely to take for each of the 2,184 potential lottery outcomes.

Just click on the player's name to learn more about him. When you see the player card, click on the link to see Ford's complete Insider draft coverage.

Key points

Of the 30 teams in the NBA, 16 make the playoffs; the other 14 are in the lottery (unless the team has traded its draft pick).

The NBA formula gives the greatest chance of winning the top pick to the worst team in the lottery, and the smallest chance to the best team in the lottery, according to each team's regular-season record.

The lottery is used to select which teams get the first three picks in the draft. Then the other 11 teams that qualified for the lottery are placed in the draft in reverse order of their winning percentage, with the worst teams drafting ahead of the better teams.

Key trades

The Atlanta Hawks can swap first-round picks with the Brooklyn Nets.

The Boston Celtics receive the Dallas Mavericks' first-round pick if it falls between Nos. 4 and 14.

The Celtics own the Los Angeles Clippers' first-round pick.

The Celtics receive the Minnesota Timberwolves' first-round pick if it falls between Nos. 13 and 30.

The Chicago Bulls receive the Sacramento Kings' first-round pick if it falls between Nos. 11 and 30.

The Denver Nuggets receive the Memphis Grizzlies' first-round pick if it falls between Nos. 6 and 14.

The Houston Rockets receive the New Orleans Pelicans' first-round pick if it falls between Nos. 4 and 19.

The Philadelphia 76ers receive the Miami Heat's first-round pick if it falls between Nos. 11-30.

The 76ers receive the Los Angeles Lakers' pick if it falls between Nos. 6 and 30.

Key dates

April 26: Early entry eligibility deadline

May 12-17: NBA draft combine

May 19: NBA draft lottery

June 15: Early entry withdrawal deadline

June 25: NBA draft