AceMan

04-17-2012, 09:59 PM

It seems like every year, people say that the lottery was rigged. So I want to point something out. Of the teams with the seven worst records, five of them would create legitimate story lines that people could use as "evidence" when claiming the lottery was rigged:

- The Bobcats (currently have 25% chance of winning) could end up with the worst winning percentage in NBA history, and are owned by Michael Jordan. And they're hemorrhaging money. Sending Anthony Davis to Charlotte makes a currently irrelevant franchise relevant.

- The Hornets (currently have a 15.6% chance of winning) lost Chris Paul to a big market and just went through one of the bigger controversies in recent memory (Stern blocking the original CP3 trade). Oh, and they just got sold, people could claim that Benson only bought the team with a wink wink agreement that he'd get Davis.

- The Kings (currently have an 11.9% chance of winning) may be moving. If they stay, Stern wanted them to and gave them Davis to give the city of Sacramento more incentive to get an arena deal done (in fact, for those of you who are even more cynical, Stern could have promised the city Davis if a stadium deal happens between now and the lottery). If they move, Stern wanted to give the new city more reason to support the team.

- The Cavs (currently have an 8.8% chance of winning) won it last year, and are just now getting over losing LeBron. Stern might want to help them get over LeBron even faster by giving them a Kyrie-Davis combo. Winning the lottery twice in a row has to mean it was rigged right?

The Nets (currently have a 5.4% chance of winning) are moving to Brooklyn next year and may not have a recognizable star if Deron leaves. Stern would give them Davis in an effort to convince Deron to stay so a big market would have two stars, and even if Deron still leaves Brooklyn would have one star to rally around. In fact, if the Nets pick falls outside of the top 3 it goes to Portland, so naturally if it is in the top 3 it's because Stern demanded it so a good player would go to a big market instead of a small market.

Add those five percentages with the extra 1.1 New Orleans has from Minnesota, and you have a 67.8% chance of there being a legitimate storyline behind this year's lottery winner, and by extension a bunch of ridiculous claims that it's rigged. That's not counting the 19.9% chance that Washington wins it (a big market team that's been struggling and would get to pair up two Kentucky #1 overall picks in 3 years). Oh, and if any of the other teams with their collective 12.3% wins than it's clearly for Stern throwing everyone off by giving it to the little guy every once in the while.

Here's my point: THE LOTTERY IS NOT RIGGED! There are story lines for EVERY POTENTIAL WINNER! I'm pointing this out now so that next month when one of those teams in the 67.8% wins hopefully nobody is going to make these ridiculous claims.

- The Bobcats (currently have 25% chance of winning) could end up with the worst winning percentage in NBA history, and are owned by Michael Jordan. And they're hemorrhaging money. Sending Anthony Davis to Charlotte makes a currently irrelevant franchise relevant.

- The Hornets (currently have a 15.6% chance of winning) lost Chris Paul to a big market and just went through one of the bigger controversies in recent memory (Stern blocking the original CP3 trade). Oh, and they just got sold, people could claim that Benson only bought the team with a wink wink agreement that he'd get Davis.

- The Kings (currently have an 11.9% chance of winning) may be moving. If they stay, Stern wanted them to and gave them Davis to give the city of Sacramento more incentive to get an arena deal done (in fact, for those of you who are even more cynical, Stern could have promised the city Davis if a stadium deal happens between now and the lottery). If they move, Stern wanted to give the new city more reason to support the team.

- The Cavs (currently have an 8.8% chance of winning) won it last year, and are just now getting over losing LeBron. Stern might want to help them get over LeBron even faster by giving them a Kyrie-Davis combo. Winning the lottery twice in a row has to mean it was rigged right?

The Nets (currently have a 5.4% chance of winning) are moving to Brooklyn next year and may not have a recognizable star if Deron leaves. Stern would give them Davis in an effort to convince Deron to stay so a big market would have two stars, and even if Deron still leaves Brooklyn would have one star to rally around. In fact, if the Nets pick falls outside of the top 3 it goes to Portland, so naturally if it is in the top 3 it's because Stern demanded it so a good player would go to a big market instead of a small market.

Add those five percentages with the extra 1.1 New Orleans has from Minnesota, and you have a 67.8% chance of there being a legitimate storyline behind this year's lottery winner, and by extension a bunch of ridiculous claims that it's rigged. That's not counting the 19.9% chance that Washington wins it (a big market team that's been struggling and would get to pair up two Kentucky #1 overall picks in 3 years). Oh, and if any of the other teams with their collective 12.3% wins than it's clearly for Stern throwing everyone off by giving it to the little guy every once in the while.

Here's my point: THE LOTTERY IS NOT RIGGED! There are story lines for EVERY POTENTIAL WINNER! I'm pointing this out now so that next month when one of those teams in the 67.8% wins hopefully nobody is going to make these ridiculous claims.