2011 Draft Lottery

So here’s the thing about the lottery that drives me crazy – it’s televised bingo.  There is nothing any team can do or say that will effect the turnout in any way.  Thus, it is a complete pseudo-event.  But, since the media really needs the lottery to be a big deal, I’ll condescend to commenting on it.

Before I do, I want to remind everyone reading that I’m not close to impartial or anything of that sort.  Instead, here’s how I hope the lottery breaks down:

  1. Jazz
  2. Jazz
  3. Pistons
  4. Timberwolves
  5. Rockets
  6. Warriors
  7. Suns
  8. Kings
  9. Raptors
  10. Cavaliers
  11. Cavaliers
  12. Bobcats
  13. Wizards
  14. Bucks

Yup, there’s how I want it to break down.  Other than the fact that this is impossible (the Cavs, with the second-most chance at the top pick, could not fall further than 5th), there is also no analysis or wisdom that I can possibly impart to anyone regarding the lottery.

Speaking of the Jazz, though, I swear, knowing my luck (a wretched topic I often discuss), they’ll draft Kemba Walker (as predicted by Chad Forde) and Jimmer Fredette in the first round and then come away with at least 1 of the Butler guys in the second.  Kemba, I do think, will just be too small to be a full-time starter in the league, and Jimmer, as good as he is, definitely doesn’t have the athleticism to be a major force in the NBA.

Also, think about this, if Minnesota does get the first pick and draft Kyrie Irving (who most people are calling the best player in the draft), what happens with Rubio?  I’m sure this will be a running sub-plot all off-season, since America is for some odd reason, obsessed with Ricky Rubio.

Finally, lots of Europeans in this draft.  I remember when the Spurs got steals year after year from international players, because nobody else was scouting them.  I’m thinking, however, that the current trend towards drafting tons of Europeans is something of an overcompensation.  Just like in the last few years, athleticism has been valued far too highly (it’s important, but Daniel Orton should not have been a first-rounder), I think a similar thing is happening with international players.

Either way, have fun watching the ping-pong balls fly around tonight.  Don’t forget that there is actually an important game on right after, too.

Yours Truly,

Basketblogger

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    • Josh Taylor
    • May 18th, 2011

    If it weren’t such a weak draft, I’d think more people would begin to talk about the draft possibly being rigged and all, seeing as that the worse of the Cavs two picks ended up #1 (The one they got from LAC) as well as the 4th pick, and the Jazz moving all the way up to 3 with the pick that they traded for. Happy for both teams, but still, if the Cav’s were gonna get 1st, it would be more plausible if it were their own pick, but then again, you play the odds, so it’ll be interesting to see who they draft.

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