Philadelphia 76ers: 500-1

When you have got no shot (and no clear desire) to win many matches, let alone an NBA title, you have got to take solace in the little successes.
On Oct. 22, 13 of the league’s 30 owners voted against a lottery reform plan which could have decreased the possibilities for teams using the most worst documents to snag the absolute best selections. That choice was a bullet dodged for general director Sam Hinkie’s Sixers and an unexpected one.
Based on John Finger of CSNPhilly.com,“lottery reform was seen as a foregone conclusion“ a day prior to the vote that struck down the plan. The 76ers, clearly, were one of the most vehement opponents of the possible change, and it is difficult to blame them.
Switching things up in midstream would have had a particularly negative impact on their rebuilding plans.
Though lottery reform is going to likely be revisited again, the Sixers earned a small reprieve.
Oh, and hello, 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 after shoulder surgery: Nov. 13, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com.
Nerlens Noel resembles a menace in training. Joel Embiid is probably the best player in his draft class.
Life is filled with small wonders.

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