This is still a long way from happening, so it needs to be taken with a grain of salt (more like a rock of it) – but HoopsWorld made mention this morning of the eventual 2012 NBA Draft and the oddities we’d ensue if the NBA was still locked out.
Re-running the 2011 draft order won’t fly with very many teams, although some have made the case the easiest way to insure the perennial lottery teams like Sacramento, Toronto and the Clippers get out of the draft lottery in the coming years would be another pass with the 2012 draft class.
Informed sources say the idea that would be the easiest to sell to everyone is a 30 team NBA Draft Lottery where all 30 picks are determined by the ping-pong ball, giving teams like Boston, Miami and the Lakers are equal shot at a top pick.
There is no one-size fits all solution to this issue.
As Steve Kyler points out, there really is no good solution here – somebody is going to be butt-hurt. Re-running the 2011 order does have some parity benefits, allowing the poorer teams to hopefully stack some talent and remove themselves from the Lotto. But on the flip side, a good portion of the Lotto teams are there annually due to poor upper management decisions or financial crises.
In the random ping-pong ball option, on the surface it appears to be the easiest and safest way to go about a 2012 Draft order. However, the last thing a league attempting to achieve some parity and already suspect PR issues needs is a top 10 that consists of the Lakers, Heat and Mavericks while continual under-achievers sit in the lower half of the draft because the ping-pong balls bounced the wrong way.
Say the NBA season is lost and the NBA needs to make some decisions for the 2012 Draft, what do you suggest?