NBA Passes New Rules On Tanking For Higher Draft Picks

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Following news of reform earlier this month, the NBA’s NBA’s board of governors officially voted to pass legislation to reform the draft this week.

According to ESPN, the NBA draft lottery reform passed with a 28-1-1 vote, with Oklahoma City voting against and Dallas abstaining.

The changes will now go into effect beginning with the 2019 NBA draft.

New rules will institute guidelines for the resting of healthy players in the regular season, while discourage teams from tanking to pursue the best possible odds to select highest in the draft order.

New resting regulations will give NBA commissioner Adam Silver the ability to fine teams for sitting healthy players. When teams decide to rest players in games, they are encouraged to do so for home instead of away games. Star players sitting out are expected to be on the bench during games and encouraged to be accessible to fans for interaction before the game.

The NBA said any violation of the new resting rule could result in a fine of at least $100,000.

“It ultimately is my hope that the rules go in the drawer and that teams step up here and see that there is a larger obligation to our fans, to the basketball community,” Silver said in a statement.

As for new lottery odds, the three teams with the worst records will share a 14 percent chance of getting the No. 1 overall pick, changing it from 25, 19.9, and 15.6 in the current system. Four teams — increased from three — will become part of the lottery draw, which means the No. 1 lottery seed could drop no further than fifth, No. 2 could drop no further than sixth, No. 3 no further than seventh, and No. 4 no further than eighth.

The commissioner added: “I don’t necessarily agree that (tanking is) the optimal strategy to create a great team, but it became currency in this league. So much so that there were situations in many of our team communities where the team felt under pressure to engage in that strategy, even when they didn’t think that was the best strategy to build their team.”