Draft Lottery Preview

May 18th, 2010 | by Spencer Hall

The mythical Summer of 2010 is upon us. All the talk is about Lebron, but in the Jazz world, it’s all about happily taking the Knicks’ pick in the Draft. Tonight at 6:00 pm MDT the NBA will announce the results of the Draft Lottery and Jazz fans have about 2% chance of seeing their team land the #1 pick.

Let’s clear up a few things first: The Knicks own the #9 pick. The lottery system picks the top three spots, and then everyone else falls back into reverse order according to their record at the end of the season. That means the worst the Jazz could do is fall to #12.

Besides perhaps witnessing a franchise-changing moment for the Jazz, the big draw for the evening is watching the awkward presentation. It’s always good times watching Adam Silver and David Stern at their finest. I also enjoy seeing who each teams sends as a representative. Who doesn’t enjoy Kevin O’Connor and Kevin Love in the same room? Here’s hoping the Jazz buck tradition and pull out a surprise representative at the last minute.

Also, tonight will give the Jazz a chance to unveil their new logo. We’ve seen the leaked hat with the retro J-note look, but there will probably be a lot on display tonight. It probably shouldn’t be this way, but sometimes the NBA offseason is more fun that the actual season.

Spencer Hall
Founder Spencer Hall has covered the NBA, Team USA and NBA D-League since 2007 and launched Salt City Hoops in 2009. Spencer is now the news director at KSL.com
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  1. Kevin says:

    Talking about sending a surprise representative. Where is the Lottery? My friend just saw D-Will on a flight to LA.

    • The lottery is almost always in Secaucus, NJ. Chad Ford has predictions for what the Jazz would do if they landed any of the top three picks:
      Pick 1: John Wall (2.2 percent)
      Pick 2: Evan Turner (2.6 percent)
      Pick 3: Wesley Johnson (3.1 percent)

    • Speaking of seeing Jazz players in the offseason, I’m afraid that Fesenko may have hurt his chances to have a reality show with his poor play against the Lakers. He may have exposed himself as more Ostertag-esque than any of us wanted to believe. I’ve been saying for years that it’s a travesty that there isn’t a camera crew following him around SLC 24-7, but the lovable underdog has to be scrappy to stay relevant. That being said, I would still like to see pictures from his offseason.

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