Is the Lottery really rigged?

I see a lot of people refer to the Draft Lottery being rigged. I would be lying if I said that I've never wondered it before too. But I guess I really just want to know if people honestly feel that the NBA and Stern rig the Lottery. Let's say the Jazz continue this wonderful display of NBA basketball and veteran development and finish with the worst record in the league. I know that having the worst record in the league in the past has more often yielded a pick that is not #1. I guess each of the 14 teams that do not make the playoffs have some sort of shot at the #1 pick. Now that I'm writing this, I am definitely seeing how this could be rigged to give the Fakers the #1 pick. But do people really think that happens?

Also, while we're on the subject, why does the NBA even have the lottery? In all the other sports, the team with the worst record gets the #1 pick and it goes in descending order right? I guess it is to prevent "tanking" because most NBA drafts are very top heavy where in the NFL and MLB the drafts are very deep.

This post has now become irrelevant as I have answered my own questions and probably talked myself into the fact that the Lottery is most likely rigged. Thanks for stopping by!

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