The historical truth behind the NBA lottery

May 20th, 2009 - 11:09 pm ICT by GD  

From the time, Patrick Ewing was landed by the New York Knicks in the first ever NBA lottery, accusations have been made that the NBA lottery being rigged. The reason behind the accusations being that the lottery was being interfered with so that the outcome is in league with the NBA’s business plans.

The history may repeat itself, if the “big man” Blake Griffin ends up with the Oklahoma City Thunder, his home state team. Blake being the number one pick in this year’s NBA lottery draft, his chances of being traded is almost next to nil, so the lottery provides the Oklahoma City Thunder with the only available line to have Griffin in their team.

Here are some historical facts about the NBA lottery, complied by Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, which gives one a feeling that the accusations of the lottery being rigged could be very true.

* LeBron James of Ohio origin ending up with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA season of 2003.
* Last year, that is in the NBA lottery of 2008, the Chicago Bulls chance of winning the lottery was approximately 1.7%, but even with a such slim chance they managed to pull it off, at the end of the day winning the rights to Derrick Rose, the product of the Bulls itself.
* The NBA lottery was originally devised so that the team with the worst record for the season could have the best of chance of winning the lottery. But as per the history of the NBA lottery, this has happened on two times since the last 15 NBA lottery draft.

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