Not getting ahead of ourselves here, but eight times in the last 15 years, a team with the fifth worst record or lower has won the overall #1, producing Kenyon Martin, Yao Ming, Andrew Bogut, Andrea Bargnani, Derrick Rose, John Wall and Kyrie Irving. So if the Nets win the lottery Wednesday, would they keep it, pick Anthony Davis or trade it for Dwight Howard?
The Magic seem to think so. In tweets and columns this week, local writers have suggested that the Magic will be rooting for the Nets to land that pick and facilitate a deal, maybe even on Draft Night. One writer in fact thinks Pat Williams, Orlando's senior vice president, be lent to Brooklyn. Williams famously was on the stage when the Magic won lotteries in back-to-back years and took Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway.
Meanwhile, Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel suggests that Howard must win now to repair his reputation and thus expand his list of destinations beyond Brooklyn.
- Magic, Nets need Pat Williams' ping-pong prophecy to make Dwight Howard, Anthony Davis deal - Mike Bianchi - Orlando Sentinel
Dwight's tattered image needs wins - Brian Schmitz - Orlando Sentinel