Riding a wave of anti-tanking — more specifically, anti-Sixers tanking — the NBA thought they had lottery reform in the bag. Leading all the way up to yesterday’s vote, it was reported that only two teams, the Sixers and — surprise! — the Thunder, opposed the lottery reform measures aimed at curtailing tanking. So much for that. In a surprising turn of events, thirteen teams voted against lottery reform yesterday, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
The current lottery system – a weighted format in which the worst team has 25 percent of the pingpong balls for the No. 1 overall pick and a guarantee it’ll drop no lower than fourth in the draft order – will remain as 13 teams voted against reform, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The big winner from the vote is, of course, Sam Hinkie and the Philadelphia 76ers, in the midst of a rebuilding/tanking project of unprecedented proportions. While the Philadelphia 76ers didn’t release a statement about the vote, we’re pretty confident Hinkie’s reaction was something along the lines of:H/T Jason Gallagher)