2011 NBA Draft Lottery: Which Teams Got Screwed?

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2011 NBA Draft Lottery: Which Teams Got Screwed?
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Let's be honest for a moment here—the NBA draft lottery is a system that, intentionally or not, is designed to slingshot some teams to the top of the draft and screw others in the process.

The lottery first came about in 1985, after years of teams supposedly tanking as a means of getting closer to the top of the draft. The system has changed considerably over time, with the NBA moving toward a weighted lottery in 1990 that has stuck ever since.

In the 26 years since the institution of the draft lottery, only four times has the team with the worst record ended up with the top pick in that year's draft—an astonishingly low ratio that speaks to the way that the lottery can not just level the playing field, but flat-out uproot it.

The 2011 NBA draft lottery featured as much movement up and down as ever, as 12 franchises crossed their fingers and prayed for Kyrie Irving or Derrick Williams on draft night in June, with the Cleveland Cavaliers emerging "victorious."

Whose hopes got dashed in the process? Read on to find out.

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