The NBA Draft Lottery is one of the silliest things ever created that has actual weight behind it. A series of
beer ping pong balls dance around in a clear plastic cylinder and that decides who will get the first three picks of the NBA Draft. This is supposed to stop tanking with the random nature of the selection and combination of the balls. It doesn’t and it really just makes rumors swirl throughout the day. As with all things NBA, plenty of people think the whole process is rigged.
It isn’t. Get over it.
This year’s draft class is far superior to last year’s. 2011 was marred with the looming lockout which led some players to stay in college for another year before declaring for the draft, a decision that they will probably be glad they made in the long run.
Anthony Davis, a freshman from Kentucky is widely assumed to be the number one pick in the 2012 draft and now he should have a pretty good idea as to where he is going to begin his NBA career.
On Wednesday night, the New Orleans Hornets, a team with a 13.7 percent chance of winning the number one overall pick, became the future recipients of Davis. By winning the NBA Draft Lottery, the Hornets, who are in the midst of rebuilding after trading Chris Paul before the season began, will have a solid building block. However, New Orleans also holds the tenth pick in the draft so they should be able to get a second good player to help their rebuilding process.
Some will speculate that the Hornets won because the league wanted them to after the NBA took over ownership of the team last season. “Basketball reasons” will often be mentioned, but New Orleans won because that is how the balls fell. Well, there’s that and because Jarrett Jack wore his lucky socks (pictured above).
The rest of the Lottery went like this:
2. Charlotte Bobcats
3. Washington Wizards
4. Cleveland Cavaliers
5. Sacramento Kings
6. Portland Trail Blazers
7. Golden State Warriors
8. Toronto Raptors
9. Detroit Pistons
10. New Orleans Hornets
11. Portland Trail Blazers
12. Milwaukee Bucks
13. Phoenix Suns
14. Houston Rockets