Odds of Suns winning lottery and of other, umm, things
The Suns, who finished with the second-best record of any team that missed the postseason, are slated to pick 13th. Of course, they could still move up into the draft's top three, of which there is a 50.1:1 chance of happening.
Of course, if you want to get greedy and aim for the number one spot (and a chance to draft Kentucky's Anthony Davis), you better hope Lady Luck is on the Suns' side, because the chances of that happening stand at 500:3.
How do those odds stack up to other things that could (but don't often) happen in life? According to one site, not too well.
Fancy yourself a bowler? The chances of you putting together a perfect 300 game are 11,500:1. How about a golfer? Well, as you know it's tough to ace a hole, as the odds of that are 5,000:1.
So maybe golf isn't your game, big deal. There are plenty of Olympic sports out there, and the odds of winning a medal in one of the games are 662,000:1.
The good news is that the odds of catching a ball at a major league baseball game stand at a reasonable 563:1, though the chances you'd have of getting away with murder (say, of someone who stole the ball from you) are a disturbingly 2:1. Conversely, the odds of being murdered yourself are 18,000:1, so at the very least your attacker, who is likely to get away, may not actually exist.
Don't worry about that, though as it's not all bad. Hell, the odds of dating a millionaire are 215:1, though the odds of dating a supermodel are a disappointing 88,000:1. Hey, who says money can't buy happiness?
One thing money can buy, though, is a private jet, which is good when you realize the odds of being on a plane with a drunken pilot are 117:1. Even worse are the odds that a plane -- flown by a drunken pilot or not -- will lose parts that ultimately fall to the Earth and kill you, because the chances of that happening are 10,000,000:1.
But hey, none of this will even matter if the Earth we know ceases to exist, which would be the case if the planet experiences a catastrophic collision with an asteroid. The good news there is that the odds of that happening within the next 100 years are 5,000:1. Then again, your chances of dying from a shark attack are 300,000,000:1, so there is that.
Whatever you think, until their card is shown, the Suns have a chance to come up big Wednesday night in New York. Sure, the odds are against them, but you never know…
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