While I visit every day to read what fellow Clipper fans have to say, it’s been a long time since I posted. But since the Clips are playing Minnesota tonight, I figured I’d throw something out there.
We are all looking forward to the 2012 draft when the Clippers will have Minny’s unprotected pick, which will surely be a high lottery pick. However, it may turn out that the pick will not turn out to be as great as we all hope. With the collective bargaining agreement expiring this year, a lockout is all but assured. If the owners decide to play hardball, there’s a chance that the entire NBA season will be lost. If so, this may affect how the 2012 draft plays out. The Timberwolves would likely be near the bottom of the pack next year. But without a season, there will be no records to determine which teams will fall into the lottery. It would not be fair to base the lottery on this season’s record since it would be the same teams in the 2011 draft. Therefore, it may come down to something like the NHL did after their lockout in which every team is put into a weighted lottery based on records or playoff appearances over the last few seasons. If so, the Clips odds of a high draft pick would not be as good.
This may be something to consider when we debate on such things as whether to keep this pick or possibly include it in a trade. If we end up keeping it, let’s hope that there is at least a partial season next year so the Wolves can be one of the worst teams in the league and help the Clips get a great pick!