NBA Draft Lottery 2012: Which Teams Got Screwed in the Top 14?

Ben Shapiro@benshapironyc1 Analyst IIIMay 31, 2012

NBA Draft Lottery 2012: Which Teams Got Screwed in the Top 14?

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    The Charlotte Bobcats have lost 23 games in a row and counting.

    There was no game tonight, but once again, the Bobcats came out losers. 

    Maybe they can make T-shirts that say "We're No. 2."

    If the Bobcats were indeed tanking, as suggested by NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy, then it was a strategy that failed. 

    The 2012 NBA Draft Lottery went, for the most part, as planned. The Houston Rockets, who have the best record of the 14 non-playoff teams, got the 14th pick. In fact almost the entire lottery's results were by the numbers.

    Until Nos. 1 and 2, that is. That's when things got a little off-course.

    The big winner tonight? The New Orleans Hornets, who ironically enough used to be the Charlotte Hornets.

    The Big Losers? Read on... 

Brooklyn Nets

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    Beginning with the 2012-13 season, the New Jersey Nets are now the Brooklyn Nets. They'll be playing in the new state-of-the-art Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn. 

    Still no word on if the team playing is going to be worth watching. 

    As of now, the Nets are a team coming off a 22-44 season. Their best player, point guard Deron Williams, is an unrestricted free agent. The player they thought they were getting last March at the NBA Trade Deadline, Dwight Howard, is still in Orlando. 

    If you're under the impression that the Nets can just rebuild through the draft, the team also is without a first-round draft pick. 

    The player who is the cause of the Nets lack of a first-round pick is Gerald Wallace. He was obtained in a deal at the trade deadline. The Nets dealt their 2012 first-round pick with one caveat—if the pick was in the top three, then Brooklyn would get to keep it. 

    It wasn't, so now it's gone.

    Worse still, Wallace could be gone as well. Wallace has a one-year player option for next year, but he's expected to opt-out and become an unrestricted free agent. The Nets have expressed a desire to re-sign him, but there's no assurance that will happen.

    It's conceivable that the Nets will start the 2012-13 season with no Deron Williams, no Dwight Howard, no Gerald Wallace and no Kris Humphries. That's not a start to a season, that's an end to one.  

Utah Jazz

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    The Utah Jazz made the NBA playoffs, so how could they have even been a factor in the lottery? 

    As a result of a previous trade, the Jazz had the rights to the Golden State Warriors pick provided that pick fell lower than the top seven. 

    The Warriors are picking seventh, and the Jazz are officially out of the lottery.

    Actually it's worse than that. As a result of the Al Jefferson trade, the Jazz aren't just out of the lottery, they're out of the entire first round. The team's first-round pick was lottery-protected, so when the Jazz made the playoffs, their first-round pick went to Minnesota. 

    The Jazz were only in the playoffs briefly. They lost four not-so-close games to the San Antonio Spurs. Without a first round pick, perhaps the playoffs won't be on next season's agenda. 

Charlotte Bobcats

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    Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse, the lottery happened.

    Wow. The Bobcats have lost 23 games in a row; they haven't won a game since March 17, and that win came against the Toronto Raptors. 

    Charlotte released Boris Diaw, and now he's playing like an All-Star for the San Antonio Spurs, who have won 20 games in a row. 

    This team didn't just want to land Anthony Davis with the top pick, they needed to land him. 

    Not happening. The Bobcats will pick second, and while the 2012 Draft has plenty of potentially great NBA players, there's really only one seemingly sure thing—Anthony Davis, and he won't be there at No. 2. 

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bradley Beal, Andre Drummond—one of these players will probably be wearing a Bobcats uniform next season.

    Michael Jordan never lost an NBA Finals in his career as a player; he may never even sniff one as an owner.