S0, I don’t know if you’ve heard about this thing the National Basketball Association does with their lottery teams. Since Patrick Ewing was bestowed upon New York Knicks fans in ’85, the NBA has been making a show of their weighted lottery system. Gone are the days of Territorial picks and coin flips.
In 1984 the Houston Rockets were the last team to tank with a real chance at a reward. Since then, the NBA has drawn ping pong balls for the minority of the league that doesn’t make its way into the playoffs to determine the the order they pick prospects to become players.
Quick tangent: That is always a surprise for me to hear. Fourteen lottery teams and sixteen playoffs teams. Mediocrity is both rewarded with a first round exit from the playoffs and stuck just outside the lottery pick range that could potentially net them the help they need.
Ideally, a late first rounder would have some value as a specialist. A fledgling rotation player could easily be had in the mid-to-late first round — even without striking gold with a Danny Granger or getting crazy landing a Tony Parker — a middle of the pack first rounder was valuable enough to nab Chase Budinger last year.
This history lesson has nothing to do with the Wolves current status as holders of two first rounders and one fixing to land in the top ten. The Wolves have never, ever improved on their odds-on draft position, so don’t let Kevin Love’s luck get you too excited.
BUT OMG THE WOLVES COULD LAND A TOP 3 PICK IN TOMORROW’S LOTTERY!!!!!!