You know how you make an NBA general manager miserable? Stick him in a loaded lottery…. The draft is more of a crapshoot than anyone realizes….
I combed through every NBA draft since 1995, the first year that high schoolers and one-and-doners started hijacking the process. (Eventually, hard-to-evaulate foreign players would join them.) Then, I re-ranked everyone from those 19 drafts, placing them in the following categories:
• Superduperstar (*****)
• All-Timer (****)
• Franchise Guy (***)
• All-Star (**)
• Quality Starter (*)
• Lottery Rotation Guy
• Rotation Guy
• Lottery Whiff (or Possible Lottery Whiff)
• Not Good Enough to Be Mentioned
• Hasheem Thabeet
Bill Simmons, in "The Ultimate Crapshoot."
Zalasiewicz pointed out that rats have followed humans to just about every corner of the globe, and it is his professional opinion that one day they will take over the earth.
"Some number will probably stay rat-size and rat-shaped, but others may well shrink or expand. Particularly if there’s been epidemic extinction and ecospace opens up, rats may be best placed to take advantage of that. And we know that change in size can take place fairly quickly."…
He imagines the rats of the future evolving into new shapes and sizes — some “smaller than shrews,” others as large as elephants.
From “The Lost World,” by Elizabeth Kolbert, in The New Yorker.
Real-life R.O.U.S.’s?? Apparently they will exist.