One thing I'll say about the Sixers. They didn't just say "let's go out and sign the worst possible players we could find so we can suck some more." It was more "while we're sucking, let's see if we can find some diamonds in the rough." They signed lots of no name players, but they did it for two week contracts and those who were better stayed on the team (basically, they treated the season as a long summer league). On the other hand, they are pretty brazen about not giving a fuck about winning. But the number one overall pick was Cleveland, who did not do a race to the bottom. Even under the current system, the draft lottery isn't predictable.