Philadelphia 76ers: 500-1

When you have got no shot (and no clear want ) to win many games, let alone an NBA title, you’ve got to take solace from the small successes.
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 very worst documents to snag the absolute best picks. That choice was a bullet dodged for general manager Sam Hinkie’s Sixers and an unexpected one.
Based on John Finger of all CSNPhilly.com,“lottery reform has been viewed as a foregone conclusion“ a day before the vote that struck down the plan. The 76ers, clearly, were one of the most vehement opponents of the potential change, and it’s hard to blame them.
Switching up things in midstream could have had an especially negative effect on their rebuilding plans.
Even though lottery reform will be revisited again, the Sixers earned a little reprieve.
Oh, and hey, Michael Carter-Williams, reigning Rookie of the Year and last season’s lone beacon of hope, finally has a return date from his remarkably 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 small wonders.

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