On Tuesday evening, the Cleveland Cavaliers landed the first overall pick in the NBA Draft for the third time in four seasons. The Cavs, who only had a 1.7 percent chance at winning the draft lottery, now stand poised to either select or trade for a superstar player.
As it is, the NBA lottery has always been an event shrouded with conspiracy theories, with the premise behind each of them almost always being that the league rigs the event in order to prop up a single franchise. With this in mind, it should probably come as no surprise then that the conspiracy theorists were out in full force after the Cavaliers landed the top selection in this year's draft. You know, because the health of the league as a whole is almost entirely dependent on Cleveland being a competitive franchise:
3 No.1 picks in the last 4 years. No the lottery is not rigged at all— Owen Hunt (@PhilosophicAPE) May 21, 2014
I think the NBA draft lottery is so rigged how do the Cavs win the first pick 3 out of the last 4 years— Alex Johnson (@MrJohnson817) May 21, 2014
If the NBA lottery wasn't rigged then why don't they show the lotto balls dropping picking the winner ?— Trey Rosenberg (@treytime_) May 21, 2014
Conspiracy theory: The NBA rigged the lottery so that Cleveland has enough support to win a champo with the return of Lebron to the Cavs— Anthony Blackie (@Ablackie10) May 21, 2014
The NBA Draft Lottery is rigged like the Ocean's Eleven casino heist scene.— Savage Gentleman. (@Top5DOA) May 21, 2014
if the nba draft lottery wasn't rigged, the odds of the cavaliers getting the #1 pick 3 out of the last 4 years is 0.0005 (1 out of 2000)— Tyler Henderson (@Ty_Hendy) May 21, 2014
I don't care what anyone says, the NBA lottery was rigged yet again.— AJ Clark (@CallHim_Flash) May 21, 2014
This is a parody account, but I'll allow it.
Imagine how good the Sixers would be if the lottery wasn't rigged— FakeWIPCaller (@FakeWIPCaller) May 21, 2014
I still believe the NBA rigged the lottery— Brendon G.P Lyn (@BmfLyn12) May 21, 2014
You can't tell me the NBA lottery isn't rigged— David Koestel (@dkoest27) May 21, 2014
The Cavs with the #1 pick for the 3rd time in the last 4 years. When I say NBA, you say rigged.— Made in Memphis (@MadeinMemphis1) May 21, 2014
But I do have to give props to this guy who somehow saw this coming before the Lottery began:
I'm already callin it: the draft lottery is rigged. Cavs again? That's gonna be nasty— Jeffers (@Jefknowsbest) May 21, 2014