I have NEVER understood the point of the lottery. It doesn't stop teams from tanking(honestly it makes it worse) and by constantly screwing the terrible teams over by denying them good talent they continue to suck. One of the biggest appeals the NFL has is parody you'd think the NBA would figure that it and copy the model. I guess they are completely content with only 5-6 of their markets giving a poo though while half the teams struggle to be profitable.
The point of the lottery and it being off-screen, is it allows the NBA to "hand out" picks, backroom style. I know this sounds like a conspiracy theory, and maybe it is, but I wouldn't put it past the NBA. Just watch some games and observe the officiating and you know things aren't quite right with "fairness" in the league. I know this happens in all sports, but with the NBA it's almost every game that there is something going on. I would never put anything past Stern.
NO gets the first pick last year? Cleveland still getting picks after losing LBJ? Come on. It's been what, almost a decade since the worst team got the #1 pick? What are the odds. Things need to change.
You know the lottery is wrong when you aren't surprised that, despite the odds, you get screwed again. I would have been more surprised to get the #1 pick.
This is why we need some good FA signings, because even if you tank or legitimately are bad, it's never a given you're going to get a good pick. NBA more than NFL, I believe it's 50% FA and 50% draft, unless of course Stern is handing you picks.