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Bucks send custom ping pong balls to fans ahead of NBA Draft Lottery

May 8, 2014, 11:15 PM EDT

Grant Gilbert AP

The Bucks somehow managed to finish the regular season with the league’s worst record, even after the Sixers cut loose two of their three most talented veterans at the trade deadline and put together a losing streak that reached 26 straight games before it was finally snapped.

That distinction is normally nothing to brag about, but there is a small window lasting about a month — from the end of the regular season until the Draft Lottery on May 20 — where a team can feel just fine about being in that position.

Milwaukee has a 25 percent chance of landing the number one overall pick in this year’s draft, and it’s all thanks to the team’s 15-win season. Nothing is guaranteed, of course, but the Bucks have the most ping pong balls out of any team that will go into the hopper to determine exactly how the final draft order will be set.

In order to get fans excited about the upcoming event, the team has shipped out custom ping pong balls with the Bucks logo on them, along with a card that reads “OWN THE FUTURE. WIN THE LOTTERY.”

Creative promotion, and a great way to get fans excited.

The Bucks have also laid out a nice page explaining how the lottery works and detailing exactly what the team’s chances are of winning, so check that out if you’re at all uncertain of just how significant a ping pong ball can be in determining the future fortunes of a franchise.

[via Rob Mahoney at SI.com]

  1. eugenesaxe1 - May 8, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    I imagine the fans are more hyped about possibly getting a new owner who isn’t satisfied with mediocrity.

    • stayhigh_247 - May 9, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      I bet each one is engraved with Andrew Wiggins name

  2. asimonetti88 - May 8, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Bucks beer pong balls

    • jcmeyer10 - May 8, 2014 at 11:34 PM

      It’s torture if they only get one.

  3. beach305 - May 8, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    How depressing

  4. 00millerfortune - May 9, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Still gonna get the #2 pick. Worst team almost never gets the top spot.

  5. 5xchamp24 - May 9, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Whoever they draft will not stay after their rookie contract is up anyway. The team will still suck after 2 years, and any offer to their top pick wont get signed.

  6. duhwighthoward - May 9, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    I didn’t know the Bucks still had fans.

  7. Dogsweat - May 9, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    They should of sent them to Kansas City. The Bucks future home.

  8. Great Caesar's Ghost - May 9, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    It doesn’t matter whether it’s #1 or #4. The Bucks already have a #1 overall pick in Giannis Antetokounmpo. Yes your team would have chosen him first if the draft were held today. Milwaukee will have two top four picks in two years and the dynasty will begin. We just have to get rid of Larry Drew. Get ready NBA.

  9. bostonfrogs - May 9, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    At least it won’t be fixed now that David Stern is gone. A small market club like Milwaukee might actually have a chance.

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