The NBA Draft Lottery is stupid.
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Basketball
Look at all the stupid things the NBA Draft Lottery has done:
It wasn't quite as startling a jump as when the Orlando Magic parlayed a .500 record into Penny Hardaway, the Chicago Bulls took a less than 2 percent chance into the top overall pick and eventual MVP Derrick Rose, or when last year's Cleveland Cavaliers cashed in on hoop karma and leaped from seventh to first to take Kyrie Irving. But the New Orleans Hornets made out quite well in the 2012 NBA draft lottery by taking the fourth-best odds and turning them into the top overall pick in the June 28 draft.
It just seems... wrong. Or rigged!
The Hornets, who until last month were owned by the NBA (go nuts, conspiracy theorists) had the right combination of ping-pong balls to get the job done, switching out their fourth overall pick for the top choice that will likely result in Kentucky center Anthony Davis heading to Louisiana. It will be the first time since 1991 (Larry Johnson) that the Hornets will select first overall, though not the first time since then (in 1999, resulting in Baron Davis) the franchise has bypassed several worse teams on its way to a higher pick.
Once again, we are forced to feel sorry for the Bobcats:
This is terrible news for the Michael Jordan-owned Charlotte Bobcats, who turned in the worst winning percentage in NBA history, but per lottery rules were only guaranteed a 25 percent chance at the top overall pick.
So I'll just say it: The NBA Draft Lottery is stupid.
You don't see the NFL playing games of chance with the draft.
For a good reason.
The NFL combine is entertaining.
The NBA draft lottery is not.