The Blazers finished the season with a 50-32 record, the same as Boston, San Antonio and Oklahoma City. Since the NBA Draft is seeded by record for the non-lottery portion, that meant the NBA would have to settle three separate tiebreakers with random drawings. Here’s how it played out:
Boston (50-32) won a tiebreaker with San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Portland; San Antonio then won a tie-breaker with Oklahoma City and Portland; Oklahoma City then won a tie-breaker with Portland.
This means the Blazers will draft 22nd in the 2010 NBA Draft, which takes on more importance because of the quality of the front offices they are all of the sudden drafting behind. If Kevin Pritchard is still around, he might have to trade up should he covet any more European assets.
I don’t think anyone can complain about draft order after 2007 for a little while.