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Worst case scenario

Gerald Wallace can't help the Nets gain ground. Their ping pong ball lands in the top 3 which is protected, meaning the Nets keep their top 3 rookie, and we get the Nets 1st round pick next season.

Blazers get hot after Wesley Matthews and Raymond Felton finally start playing NBA basketball, and the Blazers move up into the 5th or 6th seed in the playoffs. Doubtful to advance in the playoffs, and ending up with a heavy ping pong ball for this summer's draft. Blazers draw like the 24th pick.

New Jersey trades house and aquires heavyweight Center Dwight Howard this summer. New Jersey destroys fools on the East Coast with Deron Williams, their top 3 rookie, and Superman. After making the playoffs, the Nets leave us with a sub par draft pick in the upper 20's.

This situation would leave Portland with our mid 20's pick this year, and our mid-20's pick from the Nets next year. So unless you can magically find back-to-back Nicolas Batum's, things could go very bad for Portland's mediocre attempt at rebuilding through the draft.


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