NBA draft lottery winners and losers: Conspiracy theorists, ESPN's coverage, Jim Boylen and Jami Gertz

Phil Rosenthal, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Basketball

Tanks for the memories, Bulls.

The NBA's new draft lottery formula and the randomness of pingpong balls ensured they couldn't win for losing.

Fantasies of prospective top picks Zion Williamson, Ja Morant or RJ Barrett immediately bringing the struggling franchise back to prominence were shattered as their fourth-worst record in the NBA resulted Tuesday in only the seventh-best pick in next month's draft.

The No. 1 pick went to the Pelicans, who had the seventh-worst record, so that's nice for them and their fans.

Some of the other winners and losers of NBA lottery night 2019, live from Chicago ...

-- Winner: ESPN's draft lottery coverage


Well, that was exciting. Until it wasn't. A big improvement from last year's show.

-- Loser: ESPN and TNT

The NBA's TV partners are helped not at all by the top-two picks going to the nation's 50th and 51st television markets, but maybe the Lakers will trade for the Anthony Davis or something.

-- Loser: Conspiracy theorists


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