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A lost season and the NBA draft

Posted on: October 17, 2011 1:29 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2011 1:57 pm
Posted by Royce Young

The lockout has already forced the cancellation of the first two weeks of the NBA season. If Tuesday's meeting with a federal mediator goes poorly, it could cancel games on Christmas for the NBA.

After that it'll be January games, the All-Star game and The Finals. The entire season. Scary.

The NBA draft is a long way off. But don't think there's some planning going on in case the lockout gets that far.

Let's pray to everything that it doesn't come to this, but what happens to the NBA draft if a season is lost? With the draft order being settled currently based off of past performance of teams, if there's no season, meaning no final records, how will the league determine draft order?

According to HoopsWorld, the NBA would try to just revise the lottery system to include all 30 teams.
"Informed sources say the idea that would be the easiest to sell to everyone is a 30 team NBA Draft Lottery where all 30 picks are determined by the ping-pong ball, giving teams like Boston, Miami and the Lakers are equal shot at a top pick."

If that's indeed how the league would approach the lottery, then let me say that plan is a horrible idea. Like the report said, it's probably the easiest to sell because how exactly do you just project who would've sucked during the season? But I think you have to take the last two or three seasons into account. Because come on, we know the Lakers, Celtics and Heat aren't going to be finishing outside of the playoffs this season. We know the Wolves, Kings and Wizards almost definitely are.

How do we know this? Because of recent history. Now some teams can certainly surprise and turn things around. The Thunder are a wonderful example with the way they went from 23 wins to 50 in a season. 

But to give every team and equal shot just doesn't seem right. There's really no great solution, but there has to be something more fair to everyone than just open season on the lottery. Especially since this upcoming draft could be the best since 2003. Imagine the Heat with Anthony Davis (note: the Cavs actually have the right to swap with the Heat), the Lakers with Jared Sullinger and the Celtics with Harrison Barnes.

Wait a minute, maybe that would be pretty awesome.


Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: October 17, 2011 10:40 pm

A lost season and the NBA draft

Many options... I vote for a 3 tier lottery. Clubs are placed from 1 (Dallas) 2 (Miami) .... to 30.
Teams 21-30 are in a lottery for the first 10 picks.
Teams 11-20 have a lottery for the next 10
Teams 1-10 for the final 10 spots

Could make for a fun year. The 10 worst teams in the league last year... added 2 top college draft picks. The top end teams still have their top rated team. Talent gaps between the teams may shrink.

Players...go ahead and take a year off. Might make for a more balanced league. Wouldn't hurt me to see a few players appreciate the jobs they have. This year and next years #1 picks (60) mean 60 players MAY miss this years salary and they are out of work next year. Big "expiring contract" vets could be in for a rude awaking when teams have 2 young potential stars coming in. 
Think I would take the 50% the owners are offering.

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: October 17, 2011 7:10 pm

Cheat the small markets

You can bet the NBA will devise a plan that will "miraculously" screw small market teams and somehow give the top 7 picks to NY, LA (both), Chicago, Miami, Boston, and Philly.  Did I forget anybody? Good. By the way... NONE OF US CARE!!  Cancel the season and show local government leaders just how easily they can live without NBA games being played in a half billion dollar taxpayer funded albatross. 41 dates. That's it. Minimum wage "jobs" 41 days a year. Tell me how a city's economy is dependant on that, and don't go into hotel and restaurant sales. Everybody drives in and drives out. Nobody stays in town. A meal ata restaurant? No. Everybody bought grub in the arena that went directly to the pockets of the team owner whho can escape any tax revenue hoped for by the locality. Just do it and let's see the truth come to light. CANCEL THE SEASON.

Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 5:17 pm

A lost season and the NBA draft

Because come on, we know the Lakers, and aren't going to be finishing outside of the playoffs this season

Do we?  I dont think that Boston is a lock to be a playoff team.  They are old and tired.  Royce must be from bean town.  Somewhere in the next year maybe 2 or 3, Boston will be back in the lottery!  Bank on it. 

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: October 17, 2011 5:12 pm

A lost season and the NBA draft

You read an article about the possibility of someone with as much potential as Harrison Barnes playing on an already stacked squad and your only comment is on a trivial grammatical error? Please spend your time doing something more productive, say walking out into a crowded intersection. :)

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 4:40 pm

A lost season and the NBA draft

It's giving every team "an" equal shot.  How do you mess that same sentence up twice?  Seriously, if you don't even read this stuff why should anyone else?

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