The 2020 NBA Draft lottery, which had been rescheduled to Aug. 25 because of the coronavirus pandemic, has now been moved up five days to Aug. 20, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
The 2020 NBA Draft will still be held on Oct. 16, Charania said.
“The 14 NBA lottery teams would be the eight teams that do not participate in the restart and the six teams that participate in the restart but do not qualify for the playoffs,” a prior NBA release said. “These teams would be seeded in the lottery and assigned odds based on their records through games of March 11.”
When the NBA season was suspended due to coronavirus on March 11, the Phoenix Suns were 26-39 and 10th in the lottery order with a 13.9% shot at jumping up in the top-4 and a 3% chance of landing the No. 1 overall selection.
That means the Suns will most likely be a lottery team, given that they’re a long shot to make the playoffs in the eight-game NBA restart in Orlando. They’re six games back of the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies with four other teams in between Phoenix and Memphis.