The Draft Lottery, and Why the Wheel is the Only Option

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Not enough votes were in favor of a reform to the current draft lottery process at a NBA Board of Governor’s meeting this afternoon. Even though the final vote was in favor of the new lottery system, 17-13, according to Grantland’s Zach Lowe 23 votes were needed for the change to take place.

The new draft lottery system would have brought the odds to get the first overall pick for everyone in the lottery (teams who missed the playoffs) closer together. The worst four teams would have the same odds of getting the No. 1-overall pick (around 11 percent), while the current system gives the team with the worst record a 25 percent chance and the second worst team a 19.9 percent chance.  Continue reading

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The Shabazz Napier Draft Night Story

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Taken From: cdn.fansided.com

(It is almost like Shabazz is waving goodbye) Here is my first person recollection of how my draft night went from awesome to terrible in the blink of an eye. And to think all of this happened because of one stinkin tweet by the King:

So thanks a lot LeBron, from every UConn fan. Here it goes.

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NBA Draft Initial Thoughts

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Taken From: espn.com/nba/draft

As the second round of the NBA Draft continues on ESPN, I wanted to get some of my initial thoughts down about a very busy and surprising first round. I will give grades to every team hopefully by some time next week. I want time to think about what each team did, let some of the trades go through and not jump to grades without letting things set in. Here are just a few bullets about what I thought as I was glued to my television during the first round.

 

Team With the Best First Round: Magic and Sixers

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2014 NBA Mock Draft 82.0

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Photo From: slcdunk.com

With the NBA Draft just two days away, here is my final mock draft (with trades once again). Be sure to let me know what you think by commenting below or tweeting at me. And I hope you are not looking for mock drafts 1-81 because you will be looking for a long time (they do not exist).

TRADES:

*NY/OKC Trade: Thunder get Iman Shumpert, Knicks get No. 21 pick

OTHER MOVES TO LOOK OUT FOR:

-Phoenix has three first round picks (14, 18, 27) and does not want to add three rookies to an already young roster. Either a trade or the Suns will draft a player and stash them overseas.

-Sacramento is now actively shopping the No. 8 pick. Bleacher Report talked about a trade sending to Derrick Williams and Jason Thompson to Detroit for Josh Smith. This might then line up a trade involving Rajon Rondo (Smith’s close friend) for Sacramento’s No. 8 pick and other pieces.

-There is so many solid players in this draft that even as I was doing this mock draft Marcus Smart started to fall simply because of the team picking did not need a point guard. Look for teams to move up if a player like this actually does fall out of the top ten.

 

 

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas

Now with the injury to Joel Embiid everything gets shaken up. The Cavs could still trade the pick here, but right now they are not getting good enough offers to make a trade worth it. I am starting to think they stay put, take a player in Wiggins who owner Dan Gilbert likes, and go from there in trying to make the playoffs this season.

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2014 NBA Mock Draft Zocc.0

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Photo From: slcdunk.com

With the 2014 NBA Draft set to take place on Thursday, June 26 which is just a little over a week away I realize I am late to the NBA Mock Draft party (ESPN’s Chad Ford just put up his Mock Draft 8.0). I waited until know to make some predictions of who will be drafted when because who really cared about the draft while the NBA Finals were going on (Go Spurs!).

With that being said here is my Mock Draft Zocc.0 (pronounced zock-point-oh), which is a little different than all the other mock drafts out there because mine includes trades. The current draft order (before any of my predicted trades) is the picture about the article in an attempt to not confuse you too much. So here goes nothing. Enjoy my mock and get ready for a crazy draft night on June 26!

TRADES:

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Cavs Best Moves With No. 1 Pick

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Photo Credit: USAToday.com

The Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Draft Lottery for the third time in the last four years this past May, and now have many things to consider when thinking about what to do with the top pick in a deep draft. There are three prospects that have seemed to separate themselves from the rest of the pack: Joel Embiid, Andrew Wiggins, and Jabari Parker. These three are expected to go one, two and three in some order.

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