The tragedy of draft lottery analysis is that the conclusion that the big winners here were Portland and Seattle lacks a certain depth. Mainly, the entire Western Conference must be breathing a sigh of relief that Atlanta got a top-three pick, so Phoenix doesn't wind up with a lottery pick with which to further stack their roster. Beyond that, who really knows what to say?

It seems to me that Chad Ford is probably wrong to think the Hawks will use their #3 pick on Mike Conley, if only because if there's one thing Atlanta's management is good at, it's passing on the opportunity to draft point guards despite the existence of a clear need. It'd be hilarious to see yet another long, athletic swingman heading to Georgia, but I think Corey Brewer should start developing a taste for peaches. Also -- whoever advised Joakim Noah to stay in school one more year gives really bad advice.