NBA Lottery Tonight

May 19, 2009

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Team
Record
Combos
1st
2nd
3rd
Sacramento 17 – 65 250 25.00% 21.47% 17.72%
Washington 19 – 63 199 19.90% 18.78% 17.07%
LA Clippers 19 – 63 138 13.80% 14.24% 14.54%
Oklahoma 23 – 59 137 13.70% 14.16% 14.48%
Minnesota 24 – 58 76 7.60% 8.44% 9.47%
Memphis 24 – 58 75 7.50% 8.33% 9.37%
Golden State 29 – 53 43 4.30% 4.93% 5.77%
New York 32 – 50 28 2.80% 3.26% 3.87%
Toronto 33 – 49 17 1.70% 2.00% 2.40%
Milwaukee 34 – 48 11 1.10% 1.30% 1.57%
New Jersey 34 – 48 8 0.80% 0.95% 1.15%
Charlotte 35 – 47 7 0.70% 0.83% 1.01%
Indiana 36 – 46 6 0.60% 0.71% 0.87%
Phoenix 46 – 36 5 0.50% 0.59% 0.72%

One of my least favorite sporting events kicks off tonight. Yep, I’m talking about the NBA Lottery. I have two serious problems with it.

First, the whole idea of a draft is to allow the worst teams to improve for league parity. However, in the NBA the worst team isn’t always rewarded because they implemented a lottery so teams wouldn’t throw games in 1985 to get Patrick Ewing. That’s ridiculous. If you can’t trust that teams are on the up and up, then why bother watching it? I mean baseball, football, and hockey don’t have lotteries. Why should the NBA? Don’t tell me it’s because with only five people on the court, it’s easier to control the outcome. In baseball a Pitcher can walk batters and groove pitches. In football a QB could throw picks. In hockey it would be easy to pass the puck to the opponent. If teams want to lose without making it look obvious, it can be done.

The second reason is they don’t show you the selection process. I’m sorry, but if you don’t trust your teams enough to do the right thing, why should I believe the league will. There are too many examples of how teams beat the odds for high picks.

2009:  LA Clippers got the #1 with the 3rd best odds
2008: Chicago got the #1 pick with the 9th best odds
2007: Portland got the #1 with the 7th best odds
2006: Toronto got #1 with 4th best odds
2005: Milwaukee got #1 with 6th best odds
2002: Houston got #1 with 5th best odds
2001: Washington got #1 with 3rd best odds (Michael Jordan’s first pick, hmm)
2000: New Jersey got #1 with 7th best odds (Former NBA exec Rod Thorn’s first year with NJ, hmm)
1999: Chicago got #1 with 3rd best odds
1998: LA Clippers got #1 with 3rd best odds
1997: San Antonio got #1 with 3rd best odds
1996: Philadelphia got #1 with 2nd best odds
1995: Golden State got #1 with 5th best odds
1994: Milwaukee got #1 with 4th best odds
1993: Orlando got #1 with 11th best odds (1 in 66 chances, hmm)
1992: Orlando got #1 with 2nd best odds
1991: Charlotte got #1 with 5th best odds

In all their years in the NBA Lottery the Minnesota Timberwolves have never moved up in the lottery. Since 1990 only three teams with the worst record got the #1 pick. That’s not exactly the way it’s supposed to work.

Enough of my griping. Here’s a video of what’s up for grabs:

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Rad
    May 19th, 2009 at 2:43 pm #

    The only reason I’m watching is because I’m holding out hope that Knicks can steal the #2 pick and get Rubio. I think D’Antoni will make that kid a legend with some weapons around him.

  2. LestersLegends
    May 19th, 2009 at 2:47 pm #

    They are a big market team. I’d guess they’ll jump in and get one or two. Guarantee Minnesota doesn’t move up once again.

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