Your Morning Draft Watch: The Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Wizards last night, all but guaranteeing that the Nets won’t get included in a tie for the 3rd-worst record. The Cavs, Hornets, and Kings would all have to win tomorrow and the Nets lose for a 4-way tie. The Cavs play the Bulls (loss), the Kings play the Lakers (probable loss), and the Hornets play the free-falling Rockets (toss-up).
Most likely scenario: the Brooklyn Nets (nice to start using that officially) end up the only team in the NBA with a 22-44 record, giving them the outright sixth-best chance at the lottery (6.3% chance for the #1 pick, 21.5% overall chance of the top 3). If the Hornets win, the Nets’ chances jump to 7.5%/25.3%, if the Hornets and Kings win those jump to 9%/29.5%. Small, but not insignificiant.
I’m not entertaining what happens if the Nets win tomorrow, because it’s just too sad. We’ll cross that bridge when it draws up and hits us in the face.
Michael Bloomberg says the Barclays Center will provide roughly 2,000 jobs to Brooklyn residents, but Norman Oder finds that number a bit fishy: “Presumably many of the jobs are low-skilled part-time jobs, with relatively low wages and benefits that differ significantly those accompanying full-time jobs.” Net Income of NetsDaily is less concerned about those issues: “There hasn’t been a major building project in the city’s history that didn’t offend someone.”