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The NBA Draft Lottery Just Got 83% More Gangsta. Hovi’s Home!

May 19th, 2008 . by admin

Jay-Z will be representing the New Jersey Nets at the 2008 NBA Draft Lottery, which is set to air live May 20 on ESPN at 8pm. This is ALMOST enough to make me watch the lottery, which has proven year in and year out to be horribly boring television.

But seriously… unless Jay jumps out of his seat and throws up the ROC, then the evening will somewhat uneventful.

“This is very exciting and I hope my nickname “Lucky Lefty” holds up,” Hov said in a statement.

The Nets only have a 1.1 percent chance of landing the top pick in the draft held June 26. This is the first time the team has been in the draft since 2001, the season before Jason Kidd teamed with Richard Jefferson and Kenyon Martin to lead the Nets to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances.

3 Responses to “The NBA Draft Lottery Just Got 83% More Gangsta. Hovi’s Home!”

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  3. comment number 3 by: SaulNo Gravatar

    One thing you have to keep in mind is that the NBA has added 3 new expansion teams witihn the last decade therefore, decreasing the odds of getting the top 3 picks in comparison to before that. You used to have 11 teams in lottery and now you have 14 teams. Do the math and you will see that when there is more competition, your odds will likely decrease, even if you have the most ping pong balls bouncing around for you.As the NBA adds more expansion teams in the future, you can assume that the odds of winning the lottery will diminish even further but this system is still the best way to go. It may seem unfair to allocate the teams that do struggle with horrible records along with the teams who tank on purpose but in this day and age, it’s very hard to distinguish between which team is tanking and which team isn’t. You also have playoffs teams (Kings, Clippers, Grizzlies) a year ago that have been hit with injuries and end up in the lottery. So in conclusion, the system of letting luck decide a team’s fate may still be a slightly better choice than allowing teams to determine their own position in the lottery.

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