Feb 3, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban reacts during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Cuban Comments on Sixers and Tanking Phenomenon

Tanking is to the point where Mark Cuban is talking about it, instead of worrying about whether his Mavericks can hold on in the west to one of the final playoff spots.

Cuban stated the obvious when talking about the Sixers, saying (via Philly.com):

“You won’t remember this season if you get a superstar in the draft,” Cuban wrote. “And [Sixers] fans will be thrilled.”
Well, duh. This is what every Sixers fan on the planet is praying for after suffering the 25th loss in-a-row last night. When you lose this much, people notice. ESPN can’t seem to get enough of the Sixers and their losing — I guess they need something else to cover when LeBron takes a night off. Cuban’s line was simple and correct.
If the Sixers wind up with Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker, none of this losing will ever matter again. Tanking worked — assuming Wiggins or Parker are who we think they are. But that can’t be solved right now. If the Sixers wind up with an Aaron Gordon or Julius Randle, then it doesn’t appear that the Sixers won anything in the lottery. The point of blowing up the roster to the point where the Sixers need to give out a new 10-day contract every week to keep 15 players on their roster, is to get the Wiggins or the Parker — the marquee name.
At the end of the day, this is up to the draw of the ping pong balls. However, every loss raises the percentage points just enough for the Sixers to get closer to the No. 1 selection, or at least top three guaranteed. The Sixers have over a 55 percent chance to land a top three pick, two games back of the Bucks for the worst record in the NBA. The Bucks are on an eight game losing streak themselves. While most of the talking about tanking has been negative, Cuban is right.
If the Sixers win the lottery, all will be forgiven. If the Sixers somehow lose the lottery, this will be a worse blowup than the fiasco that was the Andrew Bynum situation.

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