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2016-2017 ABA season (Colony Crisis Averted)

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The 2016-2017 ABA season is the 71th season of the American Basketball Association.The ABA draft took place on June 25, 2016, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where Ben Simmons was selected first overall. The regular season will begin on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in Quicken Loans Arena, home of the 2016 ABA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers when they will host the first game against the Astoria Bulls. Christmas games will be played on Friday, December 23, 2016. The 2017 ABA All-Star Game will be played at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday, February 12, 2017. The regular season will end on Wednesday, April 13, 2017 and the playoffs will begin on Saturday, April 15, 2017.

ABA Draft

The 2016 NBA draft will be held on June 23, 2016, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It will be televised nationally by ESPN. American Basketball Association (ABA) teams will take turns selecting amateur N.A.U. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. 

The 2016 NBA lottery was held on May 17. The Philadelphia 76ers, who had the worst record in the ABA and the highest chance to win the lottery at 25%, won the lottery. The Los Angeles Lakers stayed at the second spot, and the Brooklyn Nets (whose pick was acquired by the Boston Celtics) stayed at the third spot. As a result, the only team that would have multiple selections in the lottery would be the Phoenix Suns, who hold the fourth selection under the second-most unlikely odds and the thirteenth selection (which was acquired from the Victoria Wizards). This would be the first season in modern-day lottery history where every selection remained exactly where they were originally placed before the lottery began.

2016 ABA Draft

Round Pick Player Team
1 1. Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers
2. Brandon Ingram New Liverpool Clippers
3. Jaylen Brown Boston Celtics
4. Dragen Bender Phoenix Suns
5. Kris Dunn Minnesota Timberwolves
6. Buddy Hield Houston Rockets
7. Jamal Murray Miami Heat
8. Marquese Chris Sacramento Kings(traded to Phoenix Suns)
9. Jacob Poeltl Toronto Raptors
10. Thon Maker Milwaukee Bucks
^ Denotes the actual lottery result
Team 2015–16
Lottery probabilities
Philadelphia 76ers 10–72 250 .250^.215.178.357
New Liverpool Clippers 17–65 199 .199.188^.171.319.123
Brooklyn Nets 21–61 156 .156.157.156^.226.265.040
Phoenix Suns 23–59 119 .^.350.161.013
New Guernsey Timberwolves 29–53 88 .^.360.084.004
Houston Rockets 30–52 63 .^.304.040.001
Miami Heat 32–50 43 .^.232.018.000
Sacramento Kings 33–49 19 .^.197.011.000
Denver Nuggets 33–49 19 .^.143.005.000
Milwaukee Bucks 33–49 18 .^.087.002.000
Orlando Magic 35–47 8 .^.063.001.000
Utah Jazz 40–42 7 .^.039.000
New York Knicks 41–41 6 .^.018
Victoria Wizards 42–40 5 .005.006 .007.982^

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