Wednesday, May 21, 2008


It's that time again! The NBA Draft Lottery, held Tuesday, May 20th in Secacus, New Jersey, had more bells and whistles than the Super Bowl half-time show. Not that there were any fireworks, half naked dancers or superstar entertainers wailing into a microphone centerfield, but there were some initial surprises in choosing the top three that left many scratching their heads. How the hell did the Bulls at a 1.7% chance of landing the coveted #1 draft pick, end up with just that, the number selection in the lottery? Equally interesting enough, notable rapper turned mogul, Jay-Z sat suited up representing for the New Jersey Nets (soon to be Brooklyn Nets) among Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant for surprise, the Miami Heat and the Seattle Supersonics (soon to be the Oklahoma City SuperSonics),ex-BET CEO, Robert Johnson, majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats; NBA legend, Larry Bird for the Indiana Pacers, among others came out to hoping for a visit from "Lady Luck."

From the best to the worst positions, here's how the teams fared.

1. Chicago Bulls
2. Miami Heat
3. Minnesota Timberwolves
4. Seattle SuperSonics
5. Memphis Grizzlies + LA Lakers 1st round pick
6. New York Knicks
7. LA Clippers
8. Milwaukee Bucks
9. Charlotte Bobcats
10.Indiana Pacers
11.New Jersey Nets + Dallas Mavericks 1st round pick
12.Sacramento Kings
13.Portland Trailblazers
14.Golden State Warriors

Notes* Portland Trailblazers won the first selection in the 2007 NBA Draft Lottery. The last lottery pick for the Pacers was in 1997. Scott Skiles is the new head coach for the Milwaukee Bucks. The LA Clippers have had 18 consecutive lottery appearances. The New York Knicks have had 7 consecutive losing seasons. The Seattle Supersonics and Miami Heat have never won a #1 pick in the lottery. The Chicago Bulls, to date, have not filled their head coach vacancy.


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Anonymous said...

The Chicago Bulls have a lot of work to do...John Paxson has to decide if he wants a big man or a point guard...The Bulls have too much guards on their team, starting with Kirk Henrich, Ben Gordon, etc..The Bulls need a big man but Derrick Rose is from Chicago so who knows...I believe the Miami Heat should keep the second pick because they need a big man but they really need a point guard because Dwayne Ward cannot keep bringing the ball up the court...Jason Williams is good but his time is behind him now...Michael Beasley would fit perfectly with the Heat as will to give them bulk in the frontcourt..Either way, the Bulls and Heat will make the playoffs next year..Write it down and take a number...

A Tru Gentleman said...

No team has more work to do than the Miami Heat and NY Knicks. Both rosters are in shambles. The only saving graces for the Heat is that it has Marion and Wade. The Knicks do not have any top 25 players and a team ill-suited for D'Antoni's style of play. They will be the biggest bust or surprise of the season. Heat gets Beasley or Rose. The Bulls should and probably will pick Rose. Although, I'm hoping that he goes to the Heat with Wade and Marion that's a dangerous line-up in the East. Rose is a better fit for the Heat. Beasley and Wade will both have problems dominating the ball. They might be the 08 Denver Nuggets. The experiment with AI and Melo is not working and this is the blueprint that would doom the Heat bc Beasley is very similar to Melo in his ability to flat out score. Every else would sit and watch while they dominate the ball. Marion will be right back where he started playing 3rd strings and complaining about being overlooked and underappreciated. It could be a disaster, but it could also be a force to reckon with if the learn to play together.