First off, I want to preface this entire post by saying that I do not believe in conspiracy theories. In fact, I hate them. Usually they are created by people trying make something out of nothing in some sort of sick cry for attention. Look at the picture below. Would you believe a word that guy said, if it didn't pertain to his last "trip" to Bonaroo?
Now that I have set the stage, let's talk about the NBA lottery system and its origins. The NBA lottery system as we know it made its debut in 1985, when I and most of the people reading this, were no more than twinkles in our father's eyes. But this is where it all begins. The 1985 Knicks won the draft lottery and selected Patrick Ewing, with the number one overall pick. The rest is history. A true star landed in America's number one TV/sports media market, and the Knicks went on to make the playoffs consecutively in the 14 years that followed. Conspiracy theorists claim that the Knick's envelope was only one that was distinctly creased making it easy to notice. Conspiracy or not, Ewing's run with the Knick's generated millions in revenue for the NBA. Had he gone elsewhere, who knows?
Now let's fast forward to era of the modern lottery. The year was 2008. The Chicago Bulls after a 33 win season had less than a 2 percent chance of receiving the number one overall pick through the lottery. I think everyone can see where I cam going with this one. Chicago won the lottery, and ended up drafting Derrick "glass knees" Rose which revitalized a major market team that had been in a state of disarray since the Jordan Dynasty aged and fell.
Fast forward four more years. The New Orleans Hornet's win the lottery and select budding star Anthony Davis. And to that you say, "Kev, this post is garbage. New Orleans is one of the smallest markets out there. This proves the system is not rigged." To that, I would say, "You're right. This does seem to go against grain." But need I remind you who owned the Hornets in 2012? The NBA. Seems strange doesn't?
Finally, let's jump to what just happened a few hours ago. The Milwaukee Bucks and the Sixers had the best odds according to the percentages to get the number one pick with both boasting just under 20 percent odds respectively. And that was well deserved. I didn't follow the Bucks much, but their record says it all. I did follow the Sixers, and it looked like my old college inter-mural team could have given them a good run. Seriously, give me 9 frat guys and a case of beer, and I swear we could have taken them. I am only half kidding. Regardless, the Cleveland Cavaliers and their 1.7 percent chance received the first overall pick, which is the equivalent of California Chrome losing the Triple Crown to a three legged horse ridden by David Stern himself. Possible, yes. Likely, not so much. But it does set the stage for young, potent Wiggins/Kyrie team. Wait, isn't there another guy who is going to free agent soon? Oh yeah, it's that Lebron James guy. I think he is pretty good at basketball last time I checked. Hmmm, this would work out quite nicely for a "Lebron James returns to Cleveland campaign." That story would not be profitable to the NBA at all, right? You tell me.....all I know is the lottery strikes again!
At the end of the day, the Sixers are going to have the opportunity to draft a potential star, but his name is not likely to be Andrew Wiggins. Will this come back haunt Philadelphia? Maybe, but I guess we are just going to have to wait and see.
FYI, if it were up to me, I would tell Stern to shove it and go wild card pick - "Dukes" from Semi-Pro. But only if he doesn't go number one. We know everyone wants him.
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