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Updated May 21, 2013 - 9:41 am

Suns lottery odds compared to other random events

For the third straight season, the Phoenix Suns will be participating in the NBA's draft lottery.

Last year we did a story on the team's odds of winning the top pick (0.6 percent). As you know, the team ended up selecting 13th.

However, the team's chances of landing a top three pick this time around are not too bad.

Such is the reward for a 25-win season.

The Suns will enter Tuesday's drawing with the fourth-most ping pong balls in the draft, giving them an 11.9 percent chance of landing the top selection, a 12.6 percent chance of coming in second and a 13.3 percent chance of landing the third pick.

But we'll focus on the first pick which, in gambler's terms, the Suns have about 25:3 odds of coming away with.

How does that compare to other random events? We'll use as a point of reference.

Better odds than

Bowling a 300 game, which are 11,500 to 1...

Suffering an injury from mowing the lawn, which are 3,623 to 1...

Winning an Olympic medal, which are 662,000 to 1...

Dating a millionaire, which are 215 to 1...

Getting the flu, which are 10 to 1...

Being considered to be possessed by Satan, which are 7,000 to 1...

Being the victim of a serious crime, which are 20 to 1...

Finding out your child is a genius, which are 250 to 1...

Worse odds than

Getting away with murder, which are 2 to 1...

Having a stroke, which are 6 to 1...

So, what does this mean for the team's chances of having their logo be the last one revealed Tuesday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY? Absolutely nothing.

But at the very least, the Suns' odds of landing a top pick are better than they were last year, and that alone should make Tuesday night's events just a tad more interesting.

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School: University of Arizona

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: Fall 2008, right before Cardinals Super Bowl run

Favorite sports memory: Being at Game 7 of the 2001 World Series with my dad

Favorite all-time athlete: Larry Centers

Favorite sports movies: The Sandlot, Rookie of the Year, Jerry Maguire

Most crushing sports moment: Grew up in Arizona and went to UA from 2002-06. In short, there are too many to name just one.


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