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Eerie Thoughts: How a Coin Flip Altered the Career of Kareem and Hakeem

Published by on May 2, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

My job, when aimlessly wondering the Internet through sports statistic site after sports statistic site, is to find that story that history overlooked. That story we as modern basketball fans never considered. And, every now and then, I find something.

The coin flip: the simplest way to make a decision on the most equal of matters. And more importantly, up until 1985, or before the NBA lottery, it was the one factor that separated two teams with identical records at season's end.

The more I looked into coin flips being used prior to the draft, the more I realized how much of an impact it had on the history of the NBA. In particular two coin flips stand out the most.

More importantly, two careers where impac...

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