For the first time in DMBL history, the first round of the draft has been decided by lottery.
All other rounds will follow reverse order of standings, like in the past. The rule was
intended to give less incentive for teams to lose games in order to get a better draft pick.
The following is the result of the lottery:
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The lottery went according to form for the top three
picks (Hillsborough, Westwood, Phoenix)...
Hillsborough had the worst record and won the #1 pick,
followed by 13th place Westwood and 12th place
Phoenix. Also, the #6 pick goes to the sixth-worst
team, Philly. So those teams pick where they would
have without the lottery.
Here are the changes:
Harrison, with the #4 pick, got a little lucky... they
finished with the fifth-worst record. Hoboken had the
fourth-worst record but fell to the #5 pick. So those
two switched spots. But it's hard to feel too bad for
Hoboken, since they went 74-88 and Harrison went
The same thing happened with the 8th and 9th place...
the Columbia Rattlesnakes finished with the 8th-best
record, but moved up one spot to the #7 pick. The Iron
Fist, who finished 1 1/2 games worse than Columbia,
dropped one and get the #8 pick in the first round.
So... no major surprises. Harrison and Columbia moved
up one, Hoboken and Vancouver moved down one.
Remember, the other rounds are determined by reverse
order of finish. The lottery only affects round 1.
How does this compare to last year, the first year we
did the lottery? Last year was a lot wilder.
Last year, Tijuana (#1), Columbia (#3) and Hoboken
(#5) were the only teams that picked where they would
have under the old system.
Harrison, which had the second-worst record, dropped
all the way to the #6 pick, so they get a little
comfort from moving up one spot in this year's draft.
Phoenix had the fourth-worst record, but they jumped
up two spots to #2. Philly had the sixth-worst record
and they moved up two spots to #4.
The Iron Fist had the seventh-worst record but they
dropped one spot to the #8 pick, the same thing that
happened to them this year. They are the only team
that Yaro screwed for two straight years. He must hate
that team! Westwood, with the eighth-worst record,
moved up one spot to #7.