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NBA Draft Lottery: Detroit Pistons win top pick

The Pistons will have the first overall selection in July's NBA Draft after finishing with the second-worst record in the league.

NBA Draft Lottery: Detroit Pistons win top pick

For the first time in just over half a century, the Detroit Pistons will have the first overall pick in the NBA Draft.

Pistons' first top pick since selecting Lanier 51 years ago

Detroit won Tuesday's NBA Draft Lottery after finishing with the second-worst record in the league (20-52) this season. 

The Houston Rockets (17-55) will pick second overall, followed by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic and Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Pistons, Rockets and Magic each had 14% odds of earning the top pick, while the Thunder and Cavaliers had the next-best chance at 11.5%. 

The Pistons last had the first overall pick in 1970, when they selected Hall of Famer Bob Lanier. 

Pistons' highest NBA Draft pick in 18 years

It will be Detroit's highest selection since the Pistons infamously took Darko Milicic second overall in 2003 - behind only LeBron James but ahead of future Hall of Famers Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. 

Heading into the 29 July draft, most analysts have tipped Cade Cunningham of Oklahoma State as the likely top pick