NBA's guest list has a few surprises

Updated: June 23, 2003, 9:46 AM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
Want a pretty good sign of who will be in the lottery come draft night?

Look no further than the NBA's exclusive "Green Room" invitation list. Each year the NBA selects 12 to 15 players to travel to the draft and sit in a special player's only room. When a player's name is called on draft night, he gets to stroll to the podium, put on his new team's hat and shake David Stern's hand.

The invitation list is complied from a poll of NBA GMs on who they think will be drafted in the lottery. It's usually a great barometer of who will likely be selected in or around the lottery.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer