NBA Draft Lottery Fail: Dominoes Tumbling for Brooklyn Nets?

Pete Tenney@@PeteTenneyContributor IIIMay 31, 2012

NBA Draft Lottery conspiracy theorists were sure the league would slip a little luck Brooklyn's way.  How can the NBA afford to risk a bust at Barclays Center?

No Elvis sightings, no alien coverups, no frozen ping-pong balls for the Nets… And because they didn't move up in the lottery to a top-3 spot, their 6th overall pick goes to Portland as part of the Gerald Wallace trade.

Are we about to see a gut-wrenching chain reaction ruin the team's welcome party in Brooklyn?

Without a first-round draft pick, the Nets will helplessly watch the rest of the league get better as they don't have much firepower to pull off a Dwight Howard deal.

Deron Williams was promised a competitive roster around him, and was probably promised Superman from the day he arrived in New Jersey. Now it seems D-Will will be gone if D-12 can't be part of the show at Barclays Center.

If Williams bolts, Gerald Wallace can and will opt to leave for a contender.

Kris Humphries is a free agent.  He has said from the start that he wants to be part of the Brooklyn move—but not with a ghost-ship roster.

No lottery luck could mean the Nets are out of luck.  And they are building around a recovering Brook Lopez and a baby-faced MarShon Brooks, who has just one abbreviated NBA season under his belt.

What's the good news?  Um... no asteroid is scheduled to land in Brooklyn in the near future?

True, the Nets will have money to go patch up the roster with big names on their way down (Kevin Garnett), but it is starting to look like the fun of Barclays Center this year will be more about Jay-Z and Bieber Fever, and less about an NBA playoff run.

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