Monday, April 14, 2014
Lottery rivals: C's, Lakers tied
By Chris Forsberg
Well, this is different.
The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers are the two most decorated franchises in NBA history, combining for 33 of the the league's 67 championships. But now, with matching 25-55 records, the two teams and their .313 winning percentages, are tied for the fifth worst record in basketball with two games to play. A look at the lottery standings, through Sunday's action, from our friends at Tankathon:
If the season ended today, the Celtics and Lakers would be splitting 151 ping-pong ball combinations and flipping a coin to see who gets the additional combos (and who goes first in the event that both teams are outside a top 3 spot).
According to ESPN Stats and Info, the only instance in which both teams missed the postseason in the same year was during the 1993-94 campaign. Both squads emerged with lottery picks and Boston took Eric Montross at No. 9, while the Lakers picked Eddie Jones at 10.
What's more, in the common draft era (since 1966), the Lakers and Celtics have both picked in the top 10 just twice: 1994 and 1966. It should be noted, of course, that there were only 10 teams in the league in 1966.