The NBA has done what it can in the past to curb tanking, but it’s not exactly the best science in the world. No, the worst team in the league may not end up with the top overall draft pick but the lottery system tends to favor teams who don’t exactly give it their all.
Wanting to put a stop to such, commissioner Adam Silver has implemented a new system (it’s yet to get official approval) which according to ESPN would ‘balance out the odds’ so the worst team in the league wouldn’t have the best chance to land the No. 1 overall pick.
Sounds like a plan, right? Well, not for the Philadelphia 76ers who are said to strongly oppose the idea.
The NBA is pushing toward changes to the draft lottery system by next season but is facing a strong objection from the Philadelphia 76ers, the franchise that could suffer the most from it, multiple sources told ESPN.com.
While the Philadelphia 76ers are stockpiled with young talent, they’re still going to be among the worst teams in the NBA this season and are likely to find themselves with a top five pick (at minimum) if the current lottery rules are to stay in place. But under the proposed new system, they’d stand just as good of a chance to land the top pick as a handful of other teams as it’s been reported up to five teams would hold the same odds for the No. 1 pick.
Certainly understandable as to why the 76ers would disapprove of such, though, it sounds like a better overall plan for the league.