The NBA Draft Lottery: Where Tanking Pays Off

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As four teams prepare to play in the conference finals the rest of the teams get their first look at what is in store for the upcoming offseason. The NBA Draft Lottery is being held tonight (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) and the 14 teams who did not make the playoffs get their moment in the spotlight. Continue reading

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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

Cavs Best Moves With No. 1 Pick

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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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