There are other issues, too. Even finishing last doesn’t guarantee the lottery coming out in your favour – although early indications are the 2014 draft is deep enough that a club can make out just fine with the Nos. 2 or 3 pick. Trading up is a possibility, providing a team has future draft picks and young, cost-effective players.
For the Raptors, a strategic kissing away of the 2013-14 season at least gets them in the conversation. Call it “tanking” if you want; there are those of us who see it as being the exact opposite.
Better to aim high for Andrew Wiggins and fail, than to settle for Rudy Gay.
Time for more Air Canada and less Err Canada. And if that sounds too cynical, you can thank Bryan Colangelo.