If it were all up to chance, the Philadelphia 76ers would have a roughly 53% chance of getting the Los Angeles Lakers' pick in the 2017 NBA draft.
But what if it's not up to chance? What if... it's rigged?
Funny you should ask because the man now in charge of the Lakers, one Earvin "Magic" Johnson, sure seems to already know something everyone else doesn't in the build up to the draft lottery in just a few weeks.
Check out what Lakers head coach Luke Walton has been saying about L.A. keeping that pick. It's a done deal! (via SilverScreenandRoll):
"Magic has already assured me that we're going to get our top-three pick this year so I'm excited about that,” Walton said, tongue planted firmly in cheek, during an appearance on ‘We Need to Talk’ on CBS Sports. "We don't know who the pick is yet, but I was just happy to know we're getting the pick. That's good enough for me for now."
How would Magic have assured Walton if he didn't know the system was rigged to favor the Lakers? And how does this media outlet know Walton's tongue was planted firmly in his cheek? Did they have some evidence of this? Did they have a reporter shrunken down to microscopic size and shot into Walton's mouth to observe his tongue like in the 1987 hit comedy Innerspace???
So now we know for certain, if the Sixers don't get the Lakers pick, it was totally rigged (bad!).
Even our current president seems to know it's been a rigged system for a while now.
"THE SYSTEM IS RIGGED!"— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2016
Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2016