As the tanks return to their resting places, NBA fans of every stripe can look at the 2013-2014 NBA season and see if it really was Tankapalooza — or if it was simply the usual number of bad teams being blown out of proportion by a story hungry media and a fan base that wants to sound smarter than it is. Of course, whatever we find out is sure to be a victim to hindsight bias anyway. So, there’s that.
On the other hand, last night proved that there were definitely some winners and some losers among the might-be-tanking, and in an era where it wasn’t unheard of for fans to be actively pining for a loss, this new lottery order says a lot about whether or not that otherwise meaningless win over Philadelphia or Sacramento was something to cheer for.
Just kidding. No one should ever have to have second thoughts about rooting for their team to win. That’s a fundamental tenent of sports culture where all fans cheer for people they don’t know who are paid by people who take your money for merchandise. Preach about the long-term health of the franchise all you want, but winning games is fun, and supporting a winning team — even if it was just for 14 games — is the primal expression of what it means to dig sports. That said, here are the five teams that are the happiest with the way the cookie crumbled in the draft lottery.