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What would it mean for teams to win NBA Draft Lottery

May 29, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

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Fates will be decided by some bouncing balls and random numbers Wednesday.

Not just the fate of lock No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis (and guys like Andre Drummond, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Thomas Robinson and many more). It’s the fate of franchises (and general managers) that will be decided.

What would it mean to the 14 teams in the lottery to win? Here’s a run down (with their odds of pulling the top spot).

1. Charlotte Bobcats – 25.0%: It means a shot at redemption in the marketplace. Former owner George Shinn came in and ruined the Charlotte market, the new franchise has never fully won back the local fans. Not even with Michael Jordan as owner. Only three things can win the market back — a genuine superstar, winning and committed ownership. The Bobcats have had none of this and basically tanked this season with a weak roster to start. Anthony Davis would start to change that. There’d be a long way to go, but it would be a big start if they win this.

2. Washington Wizards -19.9%: You put Anthony Davis with John Wall and you have the cornerstones of a future contender in Washington. They need to change the locker room culture, they need veteran role players, they need a lot of things but Davis and Wall could be contender cornerstones.

3. Cleveland Cavaliers – 13.8%: They’ve started a turnaround with Kyrie Irving there, shaking off the memories of he who shall not be named. Any of the top three (or four) spots lets them bring in another quality player, likely a big, to pair with Irving as the rebuild goes forward. Davis accelerates that fast and you have the building blocks of contention.

4. New Orleans Hornets – 13.7%: They’ve got a new owner in Tom Benson who is committed to New Orleans, let’s just hope he can build a winner with the Hornets faster than he could with the Saints. Winning the lottery certainly speeds that along and gives the franchise a player to build around (with Eric Gordon).

5. Sacramento Kings – 7.6%: Winning the top pick would give the Maloof Brothers someone special they could help sell in the community to get a new arena built in Sacramento. Instead they’ll just try to take him to Anaheim.

6. Portland Trail Blazers (or Nets) 7.5%: The Nets have a slim shot at the top spot but a 25 percent chance of jumping into the top three — which means a 25 percent chance of keeping their pick. The Nets traded this pick to Portland in the Gerald Wallace deal and it is only top three protected. Basically, the Nets get lucky and draw the top pick and they can convince Deron Williams to stay and play with Davis, or they get the 2/3 pick and try to package that in a Dwight Howard trade. Otherwise Portland’s rebuild gets a nice player to fit in. Most likely the Blazers get it. If the Nets get a top pick right before they move to Brooklyn let the conspiracy rumors fly.

7. Golden State Warriors – 3.6%: For new owners trying to breath life into a long-quiet franchise, a marquee name to go with Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut would be a big boost and get them to the playoffs. And might help them sell that new arena they want in the city.

8. Toronto Raptors – 3.5%: They have a long, long way to go to recover from the Chris Bosh trade and they lack a star or team identity. Dwane Casey did a good job under the radar there last year, he deserves the chance to coach real talent.

9. Detroit Pistons – 1.7%: They have some nice young pieces — Brandon Knight, Greg Monroe — and a move up to the top spot suddenly makes them the young team on the rise in the east. Any of the top three spots really helps.

10. New Orleans Hornets (via Minnesota) – 1.1%: Remember last year the Cavaliers got the top pick not on their own high odds but on the low chances from a mid-season trade with the Clippers. That could happen to the Hornets, here.

11. Portland Trail Blazers – 0.8%: Do we really want to see the Trail Blazers draft a big man No. 1 overall again? They already have a good core with LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum and guys like Luke Babbitt on the roster, add any of the top three picks and they look like a team on the rise.

12. Milwaukee Bucks – 0.7% They have a back court of Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings, they win the lottery (or land in the top three) and get a good young big to put with them and you have something to really build on.

13. Phoenix Suns – 0.6%: Win the lottery and they definitely get Steve Nash to stay. Davis’ offense is supposed to be the part of his game that needs to develop. Things develop a lot faster when Nash is feeding you the rock.

14. Houston Rockets – 0.5%: This is a team that has had a lot of good role players — Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Kyle Lowry — but no star. They win this and suddenly they are a team on the rise with serious potential.

  1. jh4prez - May 29, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Omg!the Cavs have a chance at davis?!that would be insane!

  2. patsfan1275 - May 29, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Any of the worst 14 teams have a chance at Davis…

  3. stoudemelo - May 29, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    I’m going with the NBA to choose the Hornets to win it all.

    • stoudemelo - May 30, 2012 at 8:24 PM

      Nailed it!

  4. thestudiokida - May 29, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    The Charlotte Bobcats need this.

    Contrary to popular belief the Hornets were a huge success in Charlotte. They sold out something like 7 seasons worth of home games in a row, had at least 41 wins in 9 of 10 seasons and were beloved by the city. George Shinn was not. Shinn kidnapped and raped a young woman in ’99 and then demanded a new arena on the city’s dime. Charlotte offered to build the arena if Shinn sold the team…. then he raped Charlotte sports by moving to New Orleans.

    So you can see why the Bobcats have never taken off in Charlotte. We’ve been burned. We need Anthony Davis to team up with Cam Newton and save sports in Charlotte!

    • thestudiokida - May 29, 2012 at 8:30 PM

      PS The Bobcats DID NOT tank this season. That’s absurd. You tank when you have a talented roster but no chance at making the playoffs. You don’t tank into NBA history.

  5. dirtyjerseysports - May 29, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Maybe the Nets can get the pick they were screwed out of when they lost out on John Wall.

  6. rocketsbb - May 29, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    May that one ping pong ball land in favor of the Houston Rockets. As long as we don’t come in last I’m ok

  7. acdc363 - May 29, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    I’m just an outsider looking in but I think Anthony Davis on the Wizards would be cool. I love John Wall. if you had him, Davis, Nene and some combo of Booker, Singleton and Crawford at SG/SF that could be solid. Seraphin and Vesely off the bench (i’m not crazy about Vesely but he is young) and you gotta pray that Blatche snaps back to reality somehow. That’s at least better than what the Bobcats could form with Davis.

  8. blarry21 - May 29, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    It doesn’t matter for Bucks fans. The franchise will find yet another way to blow this draft no matter where they pick. Ridiculous… And they want a new arena?

  9. pellypell - May 29, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    If Portland wins, Davis should just take a hammer to his knees and save the city the suffering. It’s the NBA’s equivalent of the Madden Cover.

  10. rooney24 - May 29, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    I could totally see the Hornets getting the 1 or 2 pick with the pick from the Timberwolves. The Wolves have never once improved their position in the lottery. It would figure that the year it improved would be the year they no longer have the pick.

  11. greej1938l - May 29, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    If the bucks win the lottery…if anyone does…it’s hard to mess that pick up lol

  12. elgorditodehumboldt - May 30, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    Am I the only one not sold on Anthony Davis? I foresee a Marcus Camby-esque career in his future (not that that’s a bad thing, but not exactly no. 1 pick worthy IMHO)

  13. 00maltliquor - May 30, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    I really hope that Charlotte doesn’t get that #1. I would hate to see Anthony Davis waste away his career there. It would be beyond dope if the Rockets get the #1 though! Not only do they have the least amount of chance to get it, that’s the only other team I root for year in and year out outside of my Lakers. It’s like my sister team.

    Washington would be sweet to to pair up with John Wall, hopefully he gets his sh!t together next year. I pray that Cleveland aka Dan Gilbert doesn’t get it though most of all. I don’t think there is one person in the NBA, player or non-player that I hate more then that a-hole besides mayyyybe David Stern.

    Milwakee or Golden State could probably use it the most though, those poor franchises could really use something to smile about. I would throw Minnasota in that same mix but they already got something to be happy about for a while (hopefully).

  14. scoregasmic - May 30, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Go pistons

  15. fanz928 - May 30, 2012 at 5:45 AM

    #1 is going to the bobcats they have a solid point in Kemba and project byimbo if they could get anthony and get a good coach they could be back at the playoffs soon

  16. schaffershokai - May 30, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    I’m not sure the Trail Blazers can pull off anything substantial without a brain-reboot:

  17. Chris Fiorentino - May 30, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    “8. Toronto Raptors – 3.5%: They have a long, long way to go to recover from the Chris Bosh trade and they lack a star or team identity. Dwane Casey did a good job under the radar there last year, he deserves the chance to coach real talent.”

    THIS is the reason I hated the fact that both Cleveland AND Toronto “traded” their star players to Miami. THIS. The fact is that Bosh and LeBron were leaving anyway and the teams got what they could while allowing both players to make more money and go where they wanted. Yet, two years later, we still have writers who will say things like this. Why call it the “Bosh trade”? We all know Bosh wanted out, was going to Miami anyway, and the Raptors got what they could. You never hear it called the “James trade” when referring to him leaving Cleveland, yet it was no different than the so-called “Bosh trade”.

  18. jhawver - May 30, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    go pistons!!!!

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