Who would win the 2023 NBA Draft Lottery if it is rigged?

Dallas Mavericks, Damian Lillard, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Damian Lillard, Luka Doncic / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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What are Dallas Mavericks' odds of winning the 2023 NBA Draft Lottery if it is fixed?

Luka Doncic puts Dallas at the top of the list for Victor Wembanyama if the lottery is rigged. The 24-year-old superstar is one of three All-NBA players whose team is taking part in this year’s lottery. Damian Lillard has made seven All-NBA teams in 11 years, but he has just one first-team nod. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made it for the first time in 2023, and he was on the first-team. Luka has made first-team four consecutive years and is four of five in nods.

Fans do not want to miss Doncic, and adding the most hyped prospect since LeBron James to the squad takes that to another level. The NBA streamed Wembanyama’s game from the French League on their app because they knew the hype was real. The 7’5 big man will be must-see, and playing with a young superstar on pace to be an all-time great would take it to another level.

This all makes zero mention of unrestricted free agent Kyrie Irving. If Dallas can bring the eight-time All-Star back, they would have arguably the best “Big 3” in the league, but would Irving’s presence hurt the Dallas Mavericks’ lottery odds? Fans saw all the drama that followed the Nets would the league want Wembanyama subject to that? Irving has not caused issues in Dallas, and fans are hopeful that it won’t happen, but with Kyrie, who knows?

Are the Dallas Mavericks in pole position to get the number one pick if the 2023 NBA Draft Lottery is rigged?