Wizards owner Ted Leonsis’s son, Zach, will represent the team at the NBA draft lottery in New York on Wednesday with the hope that he can help the organization claim the top choice for the third time in franchise history. Kentucky big man Anthony Davis is considered the prize of a deep draft, and the Wizards possess the second-best odds at winning the No. 1 overall pick at 19.9 percent.
Leonsis graduated from the University of Pennsylvania last year and currently serves as manager of business development for Monumental Sports and Entertainment.
The Cleveland Cavaliers won the No. 1 pick last season, when Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert sent his then 14-year-old son, Nick, to the stage in Secaucus, N.J. The Cavaliers actually won with a pick acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Former Wizards majority owner Irene Pollin left a parting gift in in 2010, when she attended the NBA draft lottery in New York and helped the franchise secure the No. 1 overall pick - despite having just the fifth-best odds - in John Wall. Last year, Wall represented the Wizards on stage, but the team fell back three spots and claimed the sixth pick, which turned out to be Jan Vesely.
The Charlotte Bobcats have a 25 percent chance of winning the right to draft first. The lottery will be held at Disney/ABC’s Times Square studios after being at NBA Entertainment studios in Secaucus the previous the previous 17 years.