Thursday, April 07, 2005

The Fix Is In

Tony seems to think (and I tend to agree) that the fix is in with the NBA lottery and that, much in the same way that the Knicks were 'lucky' enough to get Patrick Ewing that the Lakers will get the #1 pick, take Andrew Bogut and be back in the playoffs.

Like I said, I dont' doubt that the Lakers will win a fixed lottery. My only contention would be that Andrew Bogut suddenly makes the Lakers a playoff team. Who exactly are they going to leap frog to take away a spot? You figure 1-5 are completely solid for next year (San Antonio, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston and Denver). leaving three spots open for the following teams; Seattle (all depends on free agency losses), Memphis (can't help but be healthier next season), Sacramento, the newly energized Golden State Warriors, a possibly re-tooled Minnesota and a continually improving L.A. Clippers team.

Even if the lottery was so fixed that they gave the Lakers the top 2 picks, I don't think you plug a couple of college players onto that team and suddenly become showtime again, and given their cap difficulties and the fact that Jerry West ain't walkin' through that door, the Lake show's in for a long drought.


At 9:00 AM, Blogger Jeff said...

Indeed. I think Tony's forgetting the difference between Andrew Bogut, a very good college player, and Patrick Ewing, the greatest college player of all time. Ewing didn't have the pro career that everyone assumed he would, but in college, he was amazing. Going to the final game 3 of his 4 years at Georgetown, winning it all once, is unheard of today.

On the surface, this year's draft looks rather weak, which makes me think there's some underclassman or high schooler who will be the ultimate prize, à la Amare Stoudemire.

At 11:08 AM, Anonymous Lord Douchebag said...

a) As a cynical Atlantan, I'm quite certain the fix is indeed in and that some team other than the Hawks (Knicks or Lakers is probably right) will get the first pick in the draft.

b) I think you're right in saying that Bogut on the Lakers won't make them that much better. Yao signs with the Lakers after next season anyway.

c) Marvin Williams is the best pick in this draft. Could be KG with more mass.


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