It is that time of year again. The 2015 NBA Draft Lottery will be held tonight. Who deserves to win it?
I like to imagine a world in which the draft order is determined by Davometrics – my balanced consideration of each franchise’s fan base, history, location, ownership, front office, existing talent and any other miscellaneous factors that I consider relevant.
I want the best young prospects (such as Karl-Anthony Towns, pictured above) to have the chance to develop in the best possible basketball environment: in front of sold-out crowds of educated, passionate fans who will appreciate watching them develop; for owners who are financially committed to surrounding them with the necessary talent; preferably in a large, thriving metropolis that offers a superior quality of life and great marketing opportunities.
Manchester, England played host to an NBA preseason game last night as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 103-99. Here are some brief observations, from my seat three rows up behind the Sixer bench:
The 2013/14 Sixers may be terrible, but they play the right way
The Sixers lack talent. They are clearly in tank mode as an organization and currently fall several million dollars below the minimum team salary requirement. Some expect them to challenge records for NBA futility in their bid to land the No. 1 pick in the 2014 Draft.
They probably will win less than 20 games, but their players are not dogging it at all. Moreover, they appear to be having a good time and embracing the chance to fill roles that they are mostly under-qualified for: Spencer Hawes as a primary post-up threat, Evan Turner as a primary ball-handler who gets to shoot 15 times a game, Tony Wroten as a sixth man, Darius Morris as an NBA player.