Hardwood Hopefuls

Last month, the NBA Draft lottery determined which franchises would be assigned a specific pick in the upcoming draft on June 26. Since the initial use of the lottery in 1985, only 16 of the 30 teams in the NBA have ever won the first overall pick. However, the Cleveland Cavaliers shocked the basketball world by getting the first pick again for the third time in four years despite having only a 1.7% chance to win the lottery. The Milwaukee Bucks have the second pick and the Philadelphia 76ers followed suit with the third.

This particular draft is catching so much attention because of the perceived depth and talent about to be introduced to the league.  Having a top three, perhaps even a top 10, pick in the draft may very well shape the fortunes of a franchise is the next five to ten years.


The most likely top three picks in the draft, Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, and Jabari Parker, all have their strengths and weaknesses, but they also offer unique capabilities given the proper team. Given the right circumstances, the league could be regenerated and power could shift away from current title-contending teams. It is safe to say that these three young men will be the top three picks, the only question now is which team: Bucks, Sixers, or Cavs?


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