The deadline got here and went, and whereas some groups improved on the courtroom, different groups helped or harm themselves another way: the lottery standings.
We’re getting shut…
For 2 and a half seasons now, each dialog about an NBA participant or crew has ended with “…yeah, however it doesn’t matter, as a result of the Warriors are going to win all of it anyway.”
Nothing that occurred on or main up Thursday’s commerce deadline modified that. Sure, some East contenders beefed up for the gauntlet that figures to be the final two rounds of the Jap Convention Playoffs (when’s the final time let’s imagine that?), however did any of these strikes actually put a scare into Golden State? With all due respect to the Greek Freak and his Merry Band of Shooters, probably not.
It stays true: the one factor that’s going to beat the Warriors is the Warriors, and Kevin Durant’s “get off my garden” rant apart, that doesn’t seem like taking place this season.
There have been, nevertheless, a number of strikes that transpired over the past week that would matter fairly a bit transferring ahead another way. Since there’s greater than sufficient articles on the market grading the trades by way of how a lot they’ll assist groups win this season, we thought we’d strive a distinct tact: which trades involving lottery groups might have league-altering potential transferring ahead primarily based on the way it affected their draft place?
Particularly, we checked out how this lottery figured to shake out earlier than the commerce deadline and after it, and ranked the highest 5 offers by how a lot they altered the doubtless place of a crew’s choose, whether or not a crew retains the choose altogether, and the way far-reaching the consequences of that could be.