Tanking Warriors ‘win’ tiebreaker, hurting Jazz’s lottery chances

Who ever said tanking didn’t pay off?

The Golden State Warriors — a k a the Foldin’ State Tankers — won a tiebreaker with the Toronto Raptors today through “random drawings,” according to the NBA, and will be slotted in the No. 7 position of the NBA’s 2012 Lottery.

That means the Jazz have to hope a team below the Warriors leapfrogs Golden State and wins one of the top three lottery picks in PingPong Ball Fest 2012 on May 30, when the official draft order is determined.

The Warriors have a 72.5% chance

of keeping the lottery pick, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

As the final part of the Deron Williams deal with New Jersey, Utah will get the Warriors’ protected first-round pick unless it ends up in the top seven. The Jazz can still acquire a first-round pick from Golden State in 2013 or ’14, but those picks also have protections (top seven and six, respectively). Otherwise, Utah will receive two future second-round picks after having already received Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter (Nets’ top pick last year) and $3 million for D-Will.

As it stands, the Jazz only have the No. 47 pick in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft on June 28. Minnesota will get Utah’s first-round pick (No. 18 overall) to finish off the Al Jefferson trade of 2010.

The Warriors suffered a slew of season-ending injuries and used a variety of eyebrow-raising lineups down the stretch of the 2011-12 season while trying to preserve its first-round pick.

Golden State started five rookies — the first time that’s ever happened — in its season-finale against San Antonio before losing to the Spurs on Thursday night. That was the Warriors’ 10th loss in its final 11 games.

The Warriors went 5-18 after Golden State owner Joe Lacob publicly talked about wanting to keep their first-round pick on a Bay Area radio station. Lacob told KNBR, “We think we can get our pick back” on March 20. According to the Contra Costa Times, the owner reportedly said the Warriors and Jazz had engaged in discussions about how Golden State could retain the pick.

That was 18 losses ago …

“It’s none of my business what they do,” Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor said when asked if it was frustrating to see the Warriors’ late-season slide that could affect Utah’s pick. “I’ve got absolutely no control over that. Zero.”


Here’s the official NBA news release on today’s tiebreaker:


NEW YORK, April 27, 2012 – Seven ties among teams that finished the 2011-12
NBA regular season with identical records were broken today through random
drawings to help determine the order of selection for the 2012 NBA Draft,
which will be held on Thursday, June 28, at The Prudential Center in
Newark, N.J.

The drawings were conducted earlier today in New York City by Carol Sawdye,
NBA Chief Financial Officer, and Dan Rube, NBA Senior Vice President and
Deputy General Counsel.  The tiebreak process was overseen by Martin
Shannon, a partner in the accounting firm of Ernst & Young.

The results of the drawings:

·       Cleveland (21-45) won a tiebreaker with New Orleans.
·       Sacramento (22-44) won a tiebreaker with New Jersey.
·       Golden State (23-43) won a tiebreaker with Toronto.
·        New  York  (36-30)  won  a  tiebreaker  with  Dallas;  and Dallas won a
tiebreaker with Utah.
·       L.A. Clippers (40-26) won a tiebreaker with Atlanta.
·       L.A. Lakers (41-25) won a tiebreaker with Memphis.
·       Chicago (50-16) won a tiebreaker with San Antonio.

Attached is the order of selection for the 2012 NBA Draft, as well as the
number of chances for teams in the 2012 NBA Draft Lottery, to be held May


The teams entered in the lottery, to be held on May 30, 2012, are as
follows (note: the first three picks in the Draft will be determined by the
lottery and the remainder of the “lottery teams” will select in positions 4
through 14 in inverse order of their consolidated standings at the end of
the regular season):

TEAM                                              RECORD LOTTERY CHANCES
(out of 1,000)
Charlotte          7-59   250
Washington      20-46   199
Cleveland       21-45   138
New Orleans     21-45   137
Sacramento      22-44   76
New Jersey*     22-44   75
Golden State#   23-43   36
Toronto 23-43   35
Detroit 25-41   17
Minnesota (To New Orleans via LA Clippers)      26-40   11
Portland        28-38   8
Milwaukee       31-35   7
Phoenix 33-33   6
Houston 34-32   5

The order for the remainder of the first round picks is as follows:

15.  Philadelphia       35-31
16.  New York (To Houston)      36-30
17.  Dallas     36-30
18.  Utah (To Minnesota)        36-30
19.  Orlando    37-29
20.  Denver     38-28
21.  Boston     39-27
22.  LA Clippers (To Boston via OKC)    40-26
23.  Atlanta    40-26
24.  LA Lakers (To Cleveland)   41-25
25.  Memphis    41-25
26.  Indiana     42-24
27.  Miami      46-20
28.  Oklahoma City      47-19
29.  Chicago    50-16
30.  San Antonio (To Golden State)      50-16

* This pick may be conveyed to Portland.
# This pick may be conveyed to Utah via New Jersey.

31.     Charlotte
32.     Washington
33/34.  New Orleans (To Cleveland via Miami)
33/34.  Cleveland
35/36.  New Jersey (To Golden State)
35/36.  Sacramento
37/38.  Toronto
37/38.  Golden State (To Denver via New York)
39.     Detroit
40.     Minnesota (To Portland via Houston)
41.     Portland
42.     Milwaukee
43.     Phoenix (To Atlanta)
44.     Houston (To Detroit)
45.     Philadelphia
46.     Dallas (To Washington)
47.     Utah
48.     New York
49.     Orlando
50.     Denver
51.     Boston
52.     Atlanta (To Golden State)
53.     LA Clippers
54.     Memphis (To Philadelphia)
55.     LA Lakers (To Dallas)
56.     Indiana (To Toronto)
57.     Miami (To New Jersey)
58.     Oklahoma City (To Minnesota)
59.     San Antonio
60.     Chicago (To New Jersey via Milwaukee or to LA Lakers via New
Jersey and Milwaukee)

*Please note that teams that finished the regular season with identical
records will select in the second round in the reverse of the order in
which they select in the first round, provided, that if more than two teams
are tied, then, as among the tied teams, each tied team will select one
position earlier than it selected in the first round, except that the tied
team that selected earliest in the first round shall, among the tied teams,
select latest in the second round.  With respect to the ties between
Cleveland and New Orleans (21 and 45); New Jersey and Sacramento (22 and
44); and Golden State and Toronto (23 and 43):  since the order of
selection in the first round for this set of teams may change based on the
results of the Draft Lottery, the order of selection in the second round
cannot be determined until after the Draft Lottery is conducted.


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Jody Genessy

Jody Genessy is the Utah Jazz beat writer for the Deseret News. To answer some of your questions: 1) Yes, he travels everywhere the Jazz do. 2) No, he doesn't fly on the team charter. 3) No, he can't sneak you into the game, let you take notes for him or get you tickets (sorry, Mom). 4) Yes, he realizes that other people out there have to work for a living so he's a lucky dude. 5) Yes, he usually answers questions in the third person.


  1. AFCoug

    This is not a big deal. The best players on our roster are there until the end of the 2013 season and we will likely resign most of them. Favors and Hayward we’ve got until 2015 and Kanter and Burks 2016 with the qualifying offer. We do lose Miles and Howard this season but will likely resign at least on of those two. We’ll also likely bring back Evans. The core will still be there and with a true off season and another yera together Utah will be a much more solid team next year. Still could use some help stopping that pick and roll though. If they do not fix it Parker will eat them alive.

    • J1

      It is a big deal. This is a loaded draft and we will likely lose a chance to get a really good player that would help us for years to come. I agree that we have a good core but this does hurt.

      • Jody Genessy

        Don’t forget. Kevin O’Connor has ways of getting back into this draft.

  2. Donnie Y (Atlanta)

    The odds of the Jazz getting the pick at the atart of the day was 76.7%.
    1/2 (=.50, because of tiebreaker with Toronto) + 89/1000 (= .089, number of balls for teams below Golden State/ Total balls on first draw) + 89/999 (= .089 ) + 89/998 (= .089) == .767 or 77%. After the tiebreaker it is now .267 or 26.7%. Not sure how Mercury News got 27.5 (1 – 0.725)