NBA Wants to Reform the Draft Lottery to Combat Teams Tanking

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The NBA is in the midst of reforming their draft lottery, in an effort to stop teams from tanking to gain the draft’s top picks.

According to ESPN, commissioner Adam Silver and the league has proposed measures that could increase the chances of better teams to enter the draft lottery, while making it harder for teams with the most losses to get the top pick.

The NBA competition committee is expected to vote next week on sending a formal recommendation to the board of governors for final passage, sources said.

Presently, the NBA team with the worst record can drop no lower than No. 4 from No. 1 the draft, but the NBA’s proposed reform could allow that team to drop from first to fifth in the lottery, league sources said. This would echo through the entire lottery, with the second-worst record — presently dropping no lower than fourth — potentially falling to sixth. Then the No. 3 team could drop as far as seven, and so on.

Currently, the teams with the three worst records have an ascending chance of winning the No. 1 pick, including (No. 3) 15.6 percent, (No. 2) 19.9 percent and (No. 1) 25 percent. Those odds would change drastically with reform.

The Philadelphia 76ers, for example, have gotten the No. 1 overall pick in the last two seasons, while from 2011 to 2014, the Cleveland Cavaliers got three No. 1 picks, including Kyrie Irving, Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins.

Another idea that we could see implemented is: No team can pick in the top three of the draft in consecutive years. So, if Philly wins the No. 1 pick and drafts Markelle Fultz (which happened this summer), the team cannot get a pick any higher than No. 4 in the next lottery.

Stay tuned for more details…