Well, I just took notice that I haven’t written anything in about 4 months. Unfortunately, “Real-Life” got in the way, but now I am back. I am refreshed, recharged, and ready to talk about some balls. I mean, a lot of balls. OK, fine. I will be professional for a split-second. I am obviously talking about Lottery Balls. The date that every Sixers fan should have circled is May 20, 2014.
That is a “Date Which Will Live in Infamy“, to quote FDR. I will tell you what, if it doesn’t, I will cry like baby to mother or go play with on-coming traffic. I mean, shit we (Sixers Fans) deserve nothing less than a TOP TWO pick. Right? After all we been through this season. The 21 players and counting the Sixers and Hinkie have rolled out at the Wells Fargo Center. The Darius Johnson-Odom’s, Brandon Davies’, and the Daniel Orton’s of the world. I really don’t want to list anymore. The basketball gods have to be looking down on the Sixers fans. They have to be.
With all my whining going on in this post, I figured to check out how the race for the most balls are going. Lets begin..
1. Bucks 13-55 (25% chance of the first pick)
Remaining Home Games: Lakers, Heat, Raptors, Pacers, Cavs, and Hawks
Remaining Away Games: Warriors, Kings, Clippers, Pistons, Heat, Bulls, Wiz, and Raptors.
OK, I am trying to find enough wins for this team. They have a chance against the Lakers at home and even the Cavs (Irving out). Maybe the Pistons on the road? Probably pushing it there. Considering the Bucks have 5 road wins all year. After that, I don’t see another “W” unfortunately. Hawks are battling the Knicks for that great 8th seed in the East, but maybe the have that 8th seed rapped up and they “rest” their starters on the last game of the season. Let’s just say that happens. The Bucks go 3-11 the rest of the way.
2. Sixers 15-52 (19.9% chance of the first pick)
Remaining Home Games: Bulls, Knicks, Pistons, Bobcats, Nets, and Celtics
Remaining Away Games: Bulls, Spurs, Rockets, Hawks, Celtics, Raptors, Griz, Bobcats, and Heat.
As much as people think that the Sixers will not win another game the rest of the year, I still think that they have a chance at two. Then again…. I have them splitting with the Celtics and maybe beating the Pistons. After that, I have nothing else. I mean, I guess they could just maybe, beat the Knicks at home. Though I really don’t see that happening. I think that 2 wins the rest of the way is a decent gauge. The Sixers go 2-13 the rest of the way.
3. Magic 19-49 (15.6% chance for the first pick)
Remaining Home Games: Portland, Bobcats, Raptors, Cavs, Minny, Nets, Wiz, and Pacers.
Remaining Away Games: Suns, Jazz, Lakers, Bobcats, Nets, and Bulls.
I have to figure that the Magic have a couple of home wins in them. They are not completely terrible at home (15-18). I really don’t see them catching the Sixers and/or the Bucks. The Magic roster is just not as bad as those two teams. Not sure why I am even writing about them. This thing is a two-team race for more balls. I will say, just for fun, that they go 4-10 the rest of the way.
The Rest: Celtics (10.4%), Jazz (10.3%), Lakers (6.3%)
The Sixers (17-65) and Bucks (16-66). Every Sixers fan will NEVER forgive Evan Turner for that game winner that hit the rim about thousands times, if it ends up this way. In case of a tie, here is how that works out:
In the event that teams finish with the same record, each tied team receives the average of the total number of combinations for the positions that they occupy. In 2007, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Portland Trail Blazers tied for the sixth worst record. The average of the 6th and 7th positions in the lottery was taken, resulting in each team getting 53 combinations (the average of 63 and 43). Should the average number not be an integer, a coin flip is then used to determine which team or teams receive the extra combination(s). The result of the coin flip is also used to determine who receives the earlier pick in the event that neither of the tied teams wins one of the first three picks via the lottery. via SBNation.com
So yeah, let’s hope the Sixers don’t win another game. Plus, I always suck at predicting shit.
Contributor: Marc Davis (Editing)
Most Sixers fans are probably looking forward to the 2014 draft. That’s because the Sixers have put themselves in a great position for a draft that looks to be one of the deepest in years. It’s drawing comparisons to the 2003 draft. In case you forgot that is the year Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, D Wade and Chris Bosh were drafted.
Most of the hype about the 2014 draft is surrounding Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins is expected to be the number one overall pick and supposedly the best prospect since Lebron. Jabari Parker and Julius Randle are the other top prospects that have garnered a lot of attention. But as of yet, I haven’t heard much talk about Aaron Gordon. A top prospect that hasn’t received as much fan fair as Wiggins, Parker or Randle but is about to make some noise as a freshman.
Gordon is a 6-8 210 lb forward who is crazy athletic. Aaron will be attending Arizona next season and will be joined by Chester High Schools Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. He went to Archbishop Mitty High School in California. Gordon played in the McDonald’s All American game scoring 24 points and pulled 8 boards, leading the West to a 110–99 victory. He was the games MVP. Gordon also played on the gold-medal winning FIBA USA U-19 team. He averaged a team best 12.6 points and 6.2 rebounds in only 18.8 minutes per game. He was awarded MVP of the tournament. Check out what he does with this lob pass in the USA training camp:
Aaron is less heralded because although he is seen as having immense potential the other three already look polished. Most people are targeting him as a four but he has said he wants to eventually become a two or three. I’ve also read that his handle is shaky and his jumper is inconsistent. But he’s young. Gordon doesn’t turn 18 until September. Plus, check out this kid’s highlight reel. I think it compares with anything you will see from Wiggins, Parker or Randle. It looks like Gordon is capable of being in the same class as them. You be the judge:
Arizona’s team looks to be shaping up nice. So as they start to receive more national coverage the more you’ll hear Aaron Gordon’s name. And if the Sixers don’t get the first pick in the draft but end up with Gordon, that might not be such a bad thing.