Atlanta Hawks win 2024 NBA Draft Lottery

Published May 13, 2024, 12:00 PMNBA.com Staff

Atlanta Hawks will have the top overall pick for the first time in 49 years after winning the 2024 NBA Draft Lottery.

The Atlanta Hawks won the 2024 NBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm, which was conducted at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.

The Hawks will have the first overall pick in NBA Draft 2024 presented by State Farm, which will be held Wednesday, June 26 (First Round) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and on Thursday, June 27 (Second Round) at ESPN’s Seaport District Studios in New York.

Below are the results from 2024 NBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm:

  1. Atlanta
  2. Washington
  3. Houston
  4. San Antonio
  5. Detroit
  6. Charlotte
  7. Portland
  8. San Antonio
  9. Memphis
  10. Utah
  11. Chicago
  12. Oklahoma City
  13. Sacramento
  14. Portland

The Hawks hit the jackpot despite just 3 percent odds after finishing 10th in the Eastern Conference at 36-46. They dropped their final six regular-season games and lost to the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the So-Fi Play-In Tournament. Atlanta is picking first in the NBA Draft for the first time since 1975, when the team selected David Thompson.

“It was a shock,” said general manager Landry Fields, who grinned ear to ear when deputy commissioner Mark Tatum announced the Hawks as the winners. “When I first saw that it wasn’t us between 10 and 12, that launched us into the top four. I was like, all right, we’ve got a real shot at this thing. A bit of surprise, but a lot of excitement.”

Fields can build with the No. 1 pick, though it’s not clear who will be taken first after Victor Wembanyama was the obvious choice for San Antonio last year.

Washington and Detroit had the best chances to land the top pick at 14 percent. Only four teams have won the lottery with slimmer odds than Atlanta, with the biggest longshot being Orlando at 1.52% in 1993. The Magic orchestrated a blockbuster draft night trade with Golden State, sending the rights to Chris Webber to the Warriors for the rights to Penny Hardaway along with three future first-round picks.

San Antonio landed a generational player last year in Wembanyama. The franchise that previously took David Robinson and Tim Duncan with the No. 1 overall pick got its next great big man, and all the Frenchman did was turn in one of the best rookie seasons in NBA history.