Title says it all. The Pistons were picked 9, which gives their first round draft pick to the Charlotte Hornets.
So how much does Dan Gilbert pay for the 1st pick every year?
and I'm sick of them getting the #1 pick seemingly every/every other year!!
That's fine with me as a Cavs fan.
Seriously though, there is nothing more fixed in sports than the NBA lottery. They could prove everyone who believes that wrong by doing the drawing live on national TV.
If the lottery is fixed the NBA isn't doing a very good job of it. The Lakers and the Celtics were both in this lottery and neither got a top 5 pick.
I think it's more of a case of the top-five picks going to the highest bidders.
The Ewing lottery was a live event. The conspiracy theorists claim the NBA froze the Knicks envelope.
He needs to pay more to the people who actually make the draft selections and get guys who can at least play in the NBA.
The NBA is so rigged. Really the Cavs get the first pick again? This is ridiculous . They can pick Embiid and lebron can come back.
Rigged for Cleveland? Why would anybody rig anything for Cleveland?
So stern and now silver owes them. And Dan Gilbert has naked pics of both their microphalluses.
Somebody on a pistons blog did the odds of Cleveland getting 3/4 #1 picks:
I did my own calculations and they came to:
Fuck the NBA and their bullshit lottery.
the NBA is a joke but the bigger, sadder joke is their draft system. Makes zero sense. None.
No, the lottery makes sense, but ONLY if they draw the team names on TV in front of the world and not in a room behind cameras and then just announce the selections. The lottery is good (and again, only if they drew team names on live TV) because it somewhat deters teams from tanking on purpose since there is no guarantee of the number one pick for the worst team.
What is so bad about tanking? I don't see people whining about the Jacksonville Jaguars or the Houston Astros being terrible and getting "rewarded" with a high draft pick.
The NBA is so star-driven that the only way 80% of the league can get good is by hitting on a draft pick. I'd rather the worst teams get the best players and have a chance to get better than one mediocre team keep getting the best players and still sucking.
Besides, Bill Simmons had an interesting stat yesterday:
Through 29 NBA lotteries dating back to 1985, only one franchise ever won the NBA title with its own no. 1 overall pick. The team? San Antonio with David Robinson (two titles) and Tim Duncan (four titles, two with Robinson).
Good luck Cleveland!
is an ass-clown, so there's also that to consider. If his predictions had turned out wrong, nothing would be made of it. There's such a wide range of conspiracies you can propose, somebody is bound to be right.
Read it again.
A hint: the first couple of paragraphs, about Cleveland, were added after the draft. The rest of the piece had already been posted beforehand.
In a year that Boston and the Lakers can win the lottery, I'm sure the league is rigging it for Cleveland.
3 of the last 4. 1.7% chance of the number 1 pick. That is ridiculous. There team is going to really good next year once lebron makes "the decision 2".
PG: Kyrie Irving
SG: Dion Waiters
SF: LeBron James
PF: Tristian Thompson
C: Joel Embiid
That is assuming MeBron can outplay Anthony Bennett for the SF spot.
No, it's assuming Tristan starts over Bennett.
Swing and a miss.
Swing and a miss? I guess I'm the pitcher and you're the catcher... NTTAWWT.
that lineup isn't even really that good. Don't see why LeBron would rather play there as oosed to with Miami or the Clippers.
Not that good?
PG: Kyrie Irving, an all star.
SG: Dion Waiters, Dwayne Wade wanna be.
SF: LeBron James, best player in the world.
PF: Tristian Thompson, budding young player.
C: Joel Embiid, some think he is the best talent in the draft.
This team would have options to score and be good on defense. No more old D Wade, no more alien Bosh. Just LeBron and Kyrie taking things over. Plus Luol Deng and Anderson Varejao.
you've over-valued Thompson and Waiters. Not to mention that Kyrie has shown little development since his rookie year.
Still though, any team with LeBron is automatically good. Adding Irving, who has progressed, and Embiid who some say is the next Hakeem Olajuwon and you have a good team. Irving can actually play 70 games a season unlike wade and Embiid plays defense. Bosh can't play D and he is an off and on scorer.
has played a whopping 6 regular season games more than Wade in the last two seasons. Not to mention, Irving has regressed in every statistical category since his rookie year. LINK He's obviously very talented, but he has to prove it for a whole season. Embiid is going to be great if healthy, but that team is still looking at playing Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson for 30+ minutes per game. It's definitely a better roster than what LeBron had when he was there to start his career, but I don't really see that team being good enough to win a title unless LeBron has some kind of ridiculous run. I don't think he wants that; just my opinion.
LBJ is not coming back to Cleveland. I hope he does, but it won't happen.
I will eat a hat if LeBron returns to Cleveland. I know there is talk about him considering it, but when I see something more than the smoke being blown up Cleveland's collective butt I'll believe it.
He will go where ever gives him the best chance to win. If the Heat don't win it this year, I bet he becomes a free agent.
NBA has been junk for awhile now...
was allowed to come back. Yes
What do you mean by "was allowed"?
The point of the lottery is to show that things like this can happen and you can't just tank for a guaranteed top pick. I guess they could very well be rigging the lottery, but this wasn't impossible. Odds are odds. With the way their last #1 pick went, it's not like they're guaranteed an awesome player by any means. I'm more upset that the Pistons lost their pick. I've payed so little attention to them this year that I didn't even realize they conditionally traded that pick.
David Stern! I had no idea you liked posting on MGoBlog. How is retirement?
Dan Gilbert must have some kind of dirt on the league as a whole. This is crazy
If anyone can fuck up the number 1 pick in this draft, it is the cavs
More like several apologies for losing LeBron, but they've squandered them all so fuck them. Whoever they draft will turn out to be shit and tear their ACL within a month.
Cavs suck, now, forever, always...
Name one Cavs first rounder that tore his ACL in the last what 20 years? Maybe one exists but your point is ridiculous. This isn't purdue
The Bennett pick was horrible and dumb, but I have a feeling they won't fuck up this time, even if they trade it, which I don't want them to do anyway.
While Cleveland gets the #1 pick AGAIN. I thought the big guy was supposed to hate them.
There can be no true despair without hope.
At least it's over with....nothing on the books starting next draft. #positiveside
Isn't their number 1 pick point guard projected to leave their team next year?
Not if he's playing with Wiggins.
I got crucified on here the other day by the Dumars supporters. Your failure is complete.
There are multiple dumars supporters? Well I guess Joe has family members, so that's a few right there.
One last fuck you from Dumars. It sucks but it's over now. Man up and move on. The Pistons have $21-28 million in cap space depending on what happens this off-season. They can re-shape their team and ball out from here onward.
Beyond annoyed with how this turned out. I hope Cleveland picks Darko Jr.