Dark Times Ahead: Five Lottery-Bound NBA Teams in 2012-2013

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the NBA lottery are well-acquainted (Getty Images)

Germany, November 10, 1938.  To German and Austrian Jews who survived to see the morning, there was no imminent hope in the aftermath of Kristallnacht.  Fast forward to today, and a majority of NBA general managers acknowledge the necessity of collective team suffrage, before great times return.  For a handful of NBA clubs, bad times may equate to tweaking personnel and treading water on the cusp of the playoffs, but for others, it means tearing down the roster and establishing an indefinite presence in the NBA cellar.  A GM’s recognition to hit the reset button on a stalling franchise requires maturity, patience, and a sparkly new vision.

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Marcus Thornton Wants the Sixth Man Award, but Doesn’t Know it

Thornton resides on the bench (Associated Press)

The Bayou Bomber is not familiar with mercy. His contested jump shot shanks opponents’ souls. In the basketball life, Marcus Thornton knows his offense can win games in dramatic fashion. Entering his third season in Sacramento, fans have fallen in love with his fearless fourth quarter demeanor.

While the Baton Rouge native can lay claim to be an exceptional scorer, his presence has muddled the future of 2009 lottery pick Tyreke Evans. The enormously talented but inconsistent Evans shares the same natural position as Thornton, so Kings management continues to speculate whether the two shooting guards can coexist.

The answer is yes, but to avoid the stagnation of ball movement, it would be wise for one player to accept a bench role. That man should be Thornton, because he plays with a chip on his shoulder. Thornton can redefine the sixth man role and reshape his legacy by finding the humility to start a game sitting down.

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