If the NBA draft lottery is fixed, what would be the results that would make David Stern the happiest? For this exercise we’ll focus on the teams 1 through 3.
Here we go.
1. Oklahoma City Thunder – With the #1 pick this will allow the Thunder to draft (from their own backyard) Blake Griffin. Pairing Blake Griffin along with Kevin Durant solidifies their frontcourt (and their new fanbase) for the foreseeable future.
2. New York Knicks – This will be the team that beats the long odds and moves way up the draft board… and this is why. With the #2 pick in the draft the New York Knicks select Ricky Rubio.
There have been rumors that Steve Nash would like to find his way to New York so that he could be reunited with Mike D’Antoni, but why get the old Steve Nash when you can have the next Steve Nash? Letting Rubio run the show next season in Mike D’Antoni’s offense would be a treat for the basketball senses and if he does a decent job then it would also give the Knicks a little added leverage at the end of next season during the “Summer of Lebron”.
3. Washington Wizards – The Wizards had an awful season, a slew of injuries (again) and approximately a zillion dollars tied up in Agent Zero who hasn’t exactly been the picture of health over the last two seasons. So lets just say that David Stern decides to throw them a bone. With the third pick in the draft, the Wizards select Hasheem Thabeet. The Wizards need inside help, they are in Big East country and with Arenas, Butler and Jamison they aren’t in desperate need of wings.
So that it, David Stern’s dream scenario. What could he like better than that?