With all of the insane tanking that was going on this season — highlighted by the 76ers dismal season — there were many people calling for a reform of the NBA Draft Lottery. To this point, it was just a bunch of smoke in the air, but it appears that it’s becoming a real thing.
The NBA has submitted an official proposal to the reform the NBA Draft Lottery process at last week’s competition committee meetings in Las Vegas.
The new NBA Draft Lottery would happen as follows (via CBS Sports):
While the proposal itself is still subject to change — even before it’d come to a vote — the proposal being floated now is for the four worst teams to each have around an 11 percent chance of winning the top pick, while the fifth-worst team would have about a 10 percent chance, Lowe reported. The chances for each team would decrease from there, with the lottery team with the best record having around a 2 percent chance to nab the top pick, Lowe wrote.
Currently, the team with the worst record has a 25 percent chance at the top pick, the second-worst team has a 19.9 percent chance and the third-worst team has a 15.6 percent chance.
In another twist, the proposal calls for drawing the first six picks from the Ping-Pong ball lottery, Grantland reported. Currently, only the top three selections are drawn, and the rest of the spots go in order from the worst record to the best. For example, the team with the worst record currently can’t receive a pick lower than fourth overall.
So, in a bubble, what this does is increase the chances that all of the teams in the lottery have of getting a higher pick. In the current system, a jump like the Cleveland Cavaliers made had a less than one percent chance to happen. With the new system, it would be more likely to happen, which would make tanking less likely. While it still rewards teams that are bad, it takes away the incentive to attempt to create a roster that couldn’t even compete in the NBA Development League. The worse teams will still have better odds to land a top pick, but the teams behind them will also have increased and similar chances.
This change could come as quick as next season, but there are obviously a lot of things that need to be worked out before that happens. It’s more likely that it would happen during the 2016 NBA Draft Lottery. For all of our sakes, let’s hope that it occurs for the 2016 NBA Draft Lottery, because the tank is on the for the 76ers this season once again.
However, it’s no secret that new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is doing his best to curb the tanking appetite that has hit many struggling NBA franchises.