Why the Nets Can Strike Gold in the Draft, With or Without the Top Pick

May 17th, 2010 by Rachel Marcus Leave a reply »

The NBA Draft lottery is Tuesday night, which means two things. One, the NBA Draft is closer, and two, the Nets are closer to getting a potential star. But about that potential star. 

See, unlike the NFL and Major League Baseball, the league’s worst team is not guaranteed the number one overall pick. The Nets have a 25 percent chance of essentially landing John Wall. That’s better odds than any other team, but the the team with the best chance often does not get the top pick. The Nets could get screwed over and end up with the number four pick. But let’s go with wishful thinking here.

The last two times the Nets had the best chance of getting the number one pick, they won the lottery (1990 with Derrick Coleman, 2000 with Kenyon Martin). They are on the "every 10 years let’s suck and get the number one pick" schedule, ...

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