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National Basketball Association sets a date to vote on draft lottery reform

16 September 2017, 12:55 | Austin Hogan

National Basketball Association sets a date to vote on draft lottery reform

National Basketball Association sets a date to vote on draft lottery reform

But if Silver's reform is passed, the three worst teams will split 14 percent odds at the top draft pick in 2019 with the following teams dropping "incrementally by a percentage point or two", according to Wojnarowski. After the board votes on September 28, the lottery reform - if passed - would scare teams from tanking for better draft picks.

The competition committee also recommended a plan to the board of governors to curb the resting of healthy players in the regular season, league sources told ESPN. The guidelines will encourage teams to rest players in home games that are not nationally televised so that fans in other cities can get a look at star players.

Under the recommended plan for the Draft, the odds of getting the No. 1 pick would be smoothed out for the League's worst teams. Right now, the team that finishes with the league's worst record has a 25% chance of landing the No. 1 pick, while the next two teams have 19.9% and 15.6% chances, respectively.

The other somewhat monumental proposal is fixing the draft lottery to eliminate tanking, which is when bad teams, for lack of a better phrase, lose on goal. The second-worst record could move to sixth, instead of only fifth under the current legislation. At the height of the Sixers' tanking campaign in 2014, the board of governors voted down a more radical lottery reform proposal.

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The proposal would also allow teams to drop further in the lottery.

This has become particularly a worry for small market teams who have no choice but to build their roster through the draft, given how the last few years have provided a good sample size of putting free agency decisions in the players' hands, making it increasingly hard to retain talent. "And of course, the home team home fans can see that team many times".

National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver has made it no secret he feels something needs to be done to discourage National Basketball Association teams from resting healthy players as often as they have in recent years.

The NBA is looking to seriously crack down on teams resting players, especially on the road and in nationally televised games - and they're looking to give commissioner Adam Silver rather significant power to do something about it.



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