Philadelphia 76ers: 500-1

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

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