Philadelphia 76ers: 500-1


When you have got no shot (and no clear desire) to win many matches, let alone an NBA title, you’ve got to take solace in the little successes.
On Oct. 22, 13 of the league’s 30 owners voted against a lottery reform program which would have reduced the possibilities for teams using the most worst documents to snag the absolute best selections. That decision was a bullet dodged for overall director Sam Hinkie’s Sixers and an unexpected one.
According to John Finger of CSNPhilly.com,”lottery reform has been seen as a foregone conclusion” just a day before the vote that stunningly struck down the strategy. The 76ers, clearly, were among the most vehement opponents of the possible change, and it is hard to blame them.
Switching things up in midstream could have had a particularly negative effect on their rebuilding plans.
Though lottery reform will be revisited again, the Sixers made a little reprieve.
Oh, and hey, Michael Carter-Williams, reigning Rookie of the Year and last season’s lone beacon of hope, eventually has a return date out of his unusually long recovery after shoulder surgery: Nov. 13, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com.
Nerlens Noel looks like a menace in training. Joel Embiid is probably the best player in his draft class.
Life is filled with small miracles.