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The Draft if the Season is Cancelled - Good News for the Clippers

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Of course none of us want the season to be cancelled. We want to watch NBA basketball now. Every game cancelled is a potentially a life-altering Blake Griffin dunk or two that we don't get to see, and will never get to see. It makes me sad just to think about it.

And no one really knows for certain how the 2012 draft will be handled if they do cancel the season - but we can make a pretty good guess. Ric Bucher tweeted his best guess based on his sources Monday night:

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So guess who has the worst aggregate record over the past three seasons? It's the Minnesota Timberwolves, by a pretty wide margin. Oh, and guess who owns Minnesota's 2012 draft pick outright? You may have already been aware that the Los Angeles Clippers own that particular pick.

Not only that, the Clippers haven't been so great themselves for the last few years, compiling the fifth worst aggregate record during that time. Which means, assuming a lottery relatively similar to the usual one for the bottom 14 teams, that the Clippers will have two sets of ping pong balls adding up to pretty good odds at a couple of good pick. They'll have the best odds of getting the number one overall pick of course, and pretty decent odds of getting two picks in the top 5. Furthermore, again assuming standard lottery rules, they'll definitely get to keep both of their 2012 picks, since they are top 10 protected and the Clippers lowest possible draft position for their second pick would be eighth. (Remember that their protected 2012 pick was traded to Oklahoma City on draft day last year for Eric Bledsoe, and that pick was subsequently traded by the Thunder to Boston.)

That's two high lottery picks in a draft that figures to be historically good, as it will likely include many of the top prospects from the High School class of 2010 that stayed in college an extra year to avoid the NBA lockout (looking like a smart move, Jared and Harrison) in addition to those from a very talented class of 2011.

So while we would all definitely prefer a season, if indeed this is the 2012 draft formula, it's at least a little consolation.

Here are the aggregate records for the last three seasons for all 30 NBA teams. Memphis actually sneaks into the lottery as do the Knicks.

Tm

AggW

AggL

MIN

56

190

SAC

66

180

WAS

68

178

NJN

70

176

LAC

80

166

GSW

91

155

TOR

95

151

DET

96

150

NYC

103

143

IND

105

141

PHI

109

137

MEM

110

136

CHA

113

133

MIL

115

131

OKC

128

118

NOH

132

114

HOU

138

108

PHO

140

106

UTA

140

106

ATL

144

102

CHI

144

102

CLE

146

100

MIA

148

98

POR

152

94

DEN

157

89

DAL

162

84

SAS

165

81

BOS

168

78

ORL

170

76

LAL

179

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