Every year the NBA Draft Lottery conspiracy theories abound. And for good reason. Every other year something strange happens that defies the odds and starts the conspiracy wheel turning. The NBA is ripe for conspiracy theories because more than any other sport one player can make a huge difference. When a franchises fate can change with one player, as in the case of Patrick Ewing, then questions are bound to be raised.
Patrick Ewings selection in the 1985 NBA Draft Lottery is what started all the conspiracy buzz. In 1985 they chose the first pick by selecting envelopes. NBA Commissioner David Stern did the selecting. The theory is that David Stern and other NBA officials froze the Knicks envelope so David Stern could feel it by touch. Patrick Ewing was the top pick that year. The NBA wanted a strong franchise in New York. The Knicks drafted Ewing and well the rest is history.
In 2012 it was the New Orleans Hornets at the center of the controversy. Many the NBA Draft Lottery was rigged because the Hornets won the pick with only a 13.7% chance landing top prospect Anthony Davis in the process. Many NBA executives cried foul because The New Orleans Hornets were partially owned by the NBA. Securing Anthony Davis, considered the best NBA prospect in years, would enhance the value of the ailing franchise and help with the pending sale to Saints owner Tom Benson.
So who does the NBA want to win this year? There are plenty of theories out there. Hopefully there is some secret plan to get the Pistons the first round pick.
Now we pose the question to you. Is the NBA Draft Lottery fixed?