NBA Draft Lottery 2012: A System in Need of a Change

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NBA Draft Lottery 2012: A System in Need of a Change
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The Charlotte Bobcats' .106 winning percentage was the worst in NBA history

The purpose of any professional sports draft is simple—allow the worst teams in the league to revamp their rosters so that the league can become more competitive. Well, at least in the NFL, MLB, and NHL that’s the case.

The NBA’s current lottery system is failing to create a level playing field for all 30 of its teams.

Consider this: since 1985—the year the NBA established a lottery—the worst team in the league has received the top draft pick only three times.

The Charlotte Bobcats have a 25 percent chance of winning the rights to Kentucky center and 2012 National Player of the Year Anthony Davis, far and wide the number one prospect in this year’s draft class.

Think about the talent difference between just the first and second picks. Anthony Davis is that “once-in-a-generation” player analysts are always talking about. Isn’t it wrong that he could potentially go to a team that just missed the playoffs while the Charlotte Bobcats, who had 13 less wins than the next worst team, could go empty-handed? 

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