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The New York Knicks lost 18 straight games. The Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers are mostly young with plenty of guys who are still trying to find their way in the NBA. The Chicago Bulls aren’t much better.
For each team, the championship takes place May 14 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It will be their NCAA tournament, their Game 7 of the Finals, and more importantly, will go a long way in determining their offseason — and the future of the franchise.
That’s because May 14 is the night of the draft lottery.
This year, the teams with the three worst records will each have an equal chance to win the lottery. The fourth- and fifth-worst teams aren’t far behind. Honestly, more than ever, the NBA lottery will be up for grabs.
And it was always up for grabs to begin with, as the Cavs once won the lottery (2011) with the pick that actually belonged in the eighth slot. Their own pick ended up fourth. Basically, there’s a reason it’s called the lottery, and it’s because it’s based on luck.
But let’s face it, being really bad has always helped. That won’t change.
This year, the Suns (11-48), Knicks (11-47), Cavs (12-46) and Bulls (14-44) are on the fast track to being the worst. Between now and the lottery, about the only thing left is a whole lot of losing.
Who will be No. 1 at season’s end? Make your pick below and give us your reasons in the comments section at the bottom of this post.