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[IKL 16-17] Draft Lottery

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    First things first, here are the odds:

    First Round

    Canyonville T'ist'ilal - 33.6%
    Baltimore UpsidePotential - 25%
    Tasmanian 'Redbull' Devils - 15.6%
    Las Vegas Venom - 10.8%
    Casa de Verde Castle Guards - 6.9%
    Funk Seoul Brothers - 3.6%
    Hometown Hotshots - 2.7%
    Terre Haute Summits - 1.8%

    I will draw for the first FOUR spots (picks #1 through #4). The four teams that do not hear their name called will draft in reverse order of their average FPPG from the 2015-16 campaign.

    Here are the assigned 'tickets' for the eight teams eligible for the first round lottery:

    Second Round

    Baltimore UpsidePotential - 25%
    Canyonville T'ist'ilal - 20%
    Tasmanian 'Redbull' Devils - 15%
    Casa de Verde Castle Guards - 10%
    Las Vegas Venom - 8%
    Young Turks - 6%
    Funk Seoul Brothers - 5%
    Pink Panthers - 4%
    La Porte Polecats - 2.5%
    Terre Haute Summits - 1.5%
    Hometown Hotshots - 1%
    Bloomington Undergrads - 0.8%
    Philadelphia Clown Babies - 0.7%
    Colonel Zingis - 0.5%

    I will draw for the first SEVEN spots (picks #21 through #27). The seven teams that do not hear their name called will draft in reverse order of their win-loss record from the 2015-16 season.

    Here are the assigned 'tickets' for the fourteen teams eligible for the second round lottery:

    Third Round

    Canyonville T'ist'ilal - 14.4%
    Baltimore UpsidePotential - 13.2%
    Tasmanian 'Redbull' Devils - 12%
    Las Vegas Venom - 10.8%
    Casa de Verde Castle Guards - 9.6%
    Funk Seoul Brothers - 8.4%
    Young Turks - 7.2%
    Pink Panthers - 6%
    Hometown Hotshots - 3.6%
    Terre Haute Summits - 3.2%
    La Porte Polecats - 2.4%
    Colonel Zingis - 2%
    Bloomington Undergrads - 1.6%
    Philadelphia Clown Babies - 1.2%
    Indianapolis Magic Rats - 1.2%
    Groningen Geezers - 0.8%
    Portland Hexenbiests - 0.8%
    Asheville Villains - 0.6%
    Indy Cobras - 0.6%
    D.C. Dreamers - 0.4%

    I will draw for first TEN spots (picks #41 through #50). The ten teams that do not hear their name called will draft in reverse order of their average FPPG from last year.

    Here are the assigned 'tickets' for the third round lottery:


    This seems really complicated, huh? Well, here's the good news - you don't have to do anything with this information! I'm just providing it so you guys know the method to my madness. The draft lottery will be completely administered by the commissioner and the results will be summarized right here in this thread. For those interested, however, I plan to livestream the event at 8:30 PM EST this Thursday night on []. I don't encourage anyone to sit and watch the full thing, but if you'd like to pop in and ensure everything is on the up-and-up, you're all welcome. I imagine the video will be found wanting in both quality and, since it'll just be a dude shaking a cardboard box filled with ping pong balls, entertainment value.

    The next 48 hours will serve as a public review period. Questions, concerns, comments - send them all my way, either privately or through this forum, so I may address them. Thank you all for your patience, and good luck in the 2016 IKL Draft Lottery!
    Last edited by LG33; 10-13-2016, 07:33 PM. Reason: Syracuse-Bloomington Name Change

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    love this!


    • #3
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      This is pretty cool/ Looks like you are really enjoying this.


      • #4
        Re: [IKL 16-17] Draft Lottery

        Wow, now that's how ya do it!
        Hey! What're you kicking me for? You want me to ask? All right, I'll ask! Ma'am, where do the high school girls hang out in this town?


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          • #6
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            Seems pretty complicated to possibly punish bad lottery teams beyond the first round, I'm okay with first round lottery


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              Brilliant! I am totally loving this, even though it probably won't mean anything positive to my position.
              Trying to enjoy every Pacers game as if it is the last!


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                Re: [IKL 16-17] Draft Lottery

                Below you will find the current order for the 2016 International Keeper League Draft. If you don't want to scroll through the entire list to find out which picks belong to you, I've included a separate section at the bottom that tells you which picks each team has. The TBDs will be replaced tomorrow evening once the draft lottery is complete. By Friday morning, each team will have its full contingent of players and draft picks available for trading in advance of the protected list deadline. Finalized protected lists are due by 5 pm EST on Sunday, October 16.

                First Round

                1. Casa de Verde Castle Guards
                2. Tasmanian 'Redbull' Devils
                3. Las Vegas Venom
                4. Canyonville T'ist'ilal
                5. Baltimore UpsidePotential
                6. Funk Seoul Brothers
                7. Hometown Hotshots
                8. Terre Haute Summits
                9. Young Turks
                10. Pink Panthers
                11. Baltimore UpsidePotential
                12. Colonel Zingis
                13. Bloomington Undergrads
                14. Philadelphia Clown Babies
                15. Indianapolis Magic Rats
                16. Groningen Geezers
                17. Portland Hexenbiests
                18. Canyonville T'ist'ilal
                19. Indy Cobras
                20. D.C. Dreamers

                Second Round

                21. Tasmanian 'Redbull' Devils
                22. Canyonville T'ist'ilal
                23. Young Turks
                24. Tasmanian 'Redbull' Devils (from Terre Haute)
                25. Las Vegas Venom
                26. Baltimore UpsidePotential
                27. Casa de Verde Castle Guards
                28. Funk Seoul Brothers
                29. Pink Panthers
                30. La Porte Polecats
                Hometown Hotshots
                Bloomington Undergrads
                33. Philadelphia Clown Babies
                34. Colonel Zingis
                35. Indianapolis Magic Rats
                36. Groningen Geezers
                37. Portland Hexenbiests
                38. Ashville Villains
                39. Indy Cobras
                40. D.C. Dreamers

                Third Round

                41. La Porte Polecats
                42. Tasmanian 'Redbull' Devils
                43. Baltimore UpsidePotential
                44. Portland Hexenbiests
                45. Terre Haute Summits (from Casa de Verde)
                46. Canyonville T'ist'ilal
                47. Pink Panthers
                48. Philadelphia Clown Babies
                49. Funk Seoul Brothers
                50. Las Vegas Venom
                51. Young Turks
                52. Hometown Hotshots
                53. Terre Haute Summits
                54. Colonel Zingis
                55. Bloomington Undergrads
                56. Indianapolis Magic Rats
                57. Groningen Geezers
                58. Asheville Villains
                59. Tasmanian 'Redbull' Devils (from Indy)
                60. D.C. Dreamers

                Fourth Round
                61. Canyonville T'ist'ilal
                62. Baltimore UpsidePotential
                63. Indy Cobras
                64. Las Vegas Venom
                65. Casa de Verde Castle Guards
                66. Funk Seoul Brothers
                67. Young Turks
                68. Pink Panthers
                69. Hometown Hotshots
                70. Terre Haute Summits
                71. La Porte Polecats
                72. Colonel Zingis
                73. Bloomington Undergrads
                74. Philadelphia Clown Babies
                75. Indianapolis Magic Rats
                76. Groningen Geezers
                77. Portland Hexenbiests
                78. Asheville Villains
                79. Indy Cobras
                80. D.C. Dreamers

                Traded Picks (only includes final destination / intermediate steps not listed):

                Asheville's 1st - Canyonville (18th)
                La Porte's 1st - Baltimore (11th)
                Terre Haute's 2nd - Tasmanian (24th)
                Casa de Verde's 3rd - Terre Haute (45th)
                Indy's 3rd - Tasmanian (59th)
                Tasmanian's 4th - Indy (63rd)

                Picks By Team (listed in alphabetical order):

                Asheville - 38, 58, 78
                Baltimore - 5, 11, 26, 43, 62
                Bloomington - 13, 32, 55, 73
                Canyonville - 4, 18, 22, 46, 61
                Casa de Verde - 1, 27,
                Colonel Zingis - 12, 34, 54, 72
                D.C. - 20, 40, 60, 80
                Funk Seoul - 6, 28, 49, 66
                Groningen - 16, 36, 57, 76
                Hometown - 7, 31, 52, 69
                Indianapolis - 15, 35, 56, 75
                Indy - 19, 39, 59, 63, 79
                La Porte - 30, 41, 71
                Las Vegas - 3, 25, 50, 64
                Philadelphia - 14, 33, 48, 74
                Pink - 10, 29, 47, 68
                Portland - 17, 37, 44, 77
                Tasmanian - 2, 21, 24
                (from Terre Haute), 42, 53 (from Indy)
                Terre Haute - 8, 45, 53(from Casa de Verde), 70
                Young - 9, 23, 51, 67

                Last edited by LG33; 10-13-2016, 11:03 PM.


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                  I already don't like this. . . Bad teams shouldn't be penalized for being Bad.
                  PACER FAN ON STRIKE!!!-The moment the Pacers fire Larry Bird I will cheer for them again.


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                    Re: [IKL 16-17] Draft Lottery

                    Congratulations to diamonddave00 and the Casa de Verde Castle Guards on securing the #1 overall pick in the first IKL Draft Lottery! The lottery took about an hour and fifty-two minutes to complete from start to finish, and I was fortunate enough to be joined by pacersgroningen for the beginning and aamcguy for the duration. aamcguy was able to see his Terre Haute Summits defy probability and secure the 24th overall pick, only to see it forfeited immediately to Tasmanian thanks to draft day trade back in 2015. It was a rough night for all.

                    Here are the complete results of the lottery:

                    Third Round
                    376 - La Porte Polecats
                    199 - Tasmanian 'Redbull' Devils
                    316 - Baltimore UpsidePotential
                    795 - Baltimore
                    055 - Portland Hexenbiests
                    486 - Casa de Verde Castle Guards
                    434 - Canyonville T'ist'ilal
                    483 - Pink Panthers
                    855 - Canyonville
                    820 - Canyonville
                    741 - Canyonville
                    621 - Casa de Verde
                    240 - Canyonville
                    376 - La Porte
                    057 - Philadelphia Clown Babies
                    470 - Canyonville
                    345 - Casa de Verde
                    947 - Funk Seoul Brothers
                    919 - Canyonville
                    128 - Canyonville
                    460 - Las Vegas Venom

                    Second Round
                    280 - Tasmanian 'Redbull' Devils
                    163 - Canyonville T'ist'ilal
                    925 - Young Turks
                    444 - Terre Haute Summits
                    038 - Las Vegas Venom
                    725 - Young
                    378 - Canyonville
                    457 - Las Vegas
                    250 - Tasmanian
                    149 - Baltimore UpsidePotential
                    296 - Baltimore
                    986 - Canyonville
                    700 - Canyonvile
                    805 - Canyonville
                    883 - Casa de Verde Castle Guards

                    First Round
                    792 - Casa de Verde Castle Guards
                    082 - Tasmanian 'Redbull' Devils
                    273 - Las Vegas Venom
                    491 - Casa de Verde
                    266 - Canyonville T'ist'ilal

                    Beat the odds: The Portland Hexenbiests had only an 0.8% chance to climb into the top half of the third round, but they did just that when #055 was called on just the fourth drawing of the evening. They jumped 13 spots from where they were slated at the beginning of the night.

                    Beaten by the odds: The Baltimore UpsidePotential lost ground in every round, falling back three spots in the first round, six spots in the second round, and one spot in the third round.

                    Odd man out: The Hometown Hotshots were the only franchise that appeared in all three rounds of the draft lottery but did not hear their name called by the commissioner.
                    Last edited by LG33; 10-13-2016, 11:50 PM.


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                      Re: [IKL 16-17] Draft Lottery

                      Are there rankings of the players available to draft? If I can remember from last year, there weren't rankings. Players were listed in alphabetical order instead
                      Being unable to close out a game in which you have a comfortable lead in the 4th Q = Pulling a Frank Vogel


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                        Re: [IKL 16-17] Draft Lottery

                        There seems to be some opposition to the draft lottery among the owners. I'd like to hear more input from those that haven't spoken up, whether in favor of the lottery or not.


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                          Originally posted by LG33 View Post
                          There seems to be some opposition to the draft lottery among the owners. I'd like to hear more input from those that haven't spoken up, whether in favor of the lottery or not.
                          You seemed to have put in a lot of work on the lottery. For the teams that didn't hit in the lottery, how many spots down did they fall? If someone was supposed to pick 5, and they ended up 7, I don't think it's that big of a deal. However, if a team was supposed to pick 5, and they are now 18, that's a significant drop
                          Being unable to close out a game in which you have a comfortable lead in the 4th Q = Pulling a Frank Vogel


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                            I know I moved up to the top of round 3 which means I beat the odds since my area was small. I don't mind the lottery, but those who were in my weak conference and got passed by better teams from the other who didn't make the playoffs might not be happy. Since I didn't have a first round pick it didn't hurt me.

                            Didn't we vote on this last season?


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                              Re: [IKL 16-17] Draft Lottery

                              Originally posted by Pacergeek View Post
                              You seemed to have put in a lot of work on the lottery. For the teams that didn't hit in the lottery, how many spots down did they fall? If someone was supposed to pick 5, and they ended up 7, I don't think it's that big of a deal. However, if a team was supposed to pick 5, and they are now 18, that's a significant drop
                              The most a team could fall was four spots in the first round, seven spots in the second round, and ten spots in the third round, but the odds against any of those happening were pretty slim. The first round is obviously the most important one, so no playoff teams were allowed to be in the mix for the top overall seed.