Could tanking set up the perfect storm? With the "end" of the Melo-drama, our slim playoff hopes have essentially vanished. It's almost time to start thinking draft. That thought popped another thought into my head. What if there is a full-season lockout next season. I doubt it would happen, but there is a remote possibility. Would the draft order carry over for a 2nd year? I tweeted Larry Coon that question, and he basically said that it's whatever the NBA decides. He personally felt it wouldn't be fair to give teams two good picks for one bad season. Of course the inverse isn't really fair either. Why should the bad teams get a high pick in what's likely a very weak 2011 draft, while better teams get better picks in a deeper 2012 draft.
Hypothetically, if there is a full season lockout, and this year's record impacts the 2012 draft, we could be entering Brooklyn with 3 consecutive top 5 picks & roughly the 10th pick in 2012 (GSW's current record would have them finishing outside the top 7). If the Rockets can pass 2 teams, that would add yet another, albeit likely superfluous first rounder for that season.