Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

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

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

The board will meet in NY on September 28 and vote on the matter, with the changes, if any, taking place starting 2019 to give teams a chance to brace themselves for the alterations, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

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 objective. Besides, in most cases, that matchup is the one chance fans have to see those stars in action during a given season.

However, this is a self-inflicted problem for the league, yet it's working to penalize teams for recognizing what is smart.

How exactly would the National Basketball Association determine when a fine would be appropriate? "And of course, the home team home fans can see that team many times". Unless the league is physically examining each player through an independent medical expert, then who is to say players can not be labeled with some ridiculous and vague injury that requires a night of rest?

Wojnaroski adds that a plan recommended to the league's board of governors includes guidelines for when franchises can rest players.

The Association wants to give even odds of landing the first overall pick in the NBA Draft Lottery to the bottom three teams in the standings, a big change from the 25 percent odds the worst team in the league now has.

Commissioner Adam Silver has been keen to bring in a change for the draft lottery to deter teams from tanking games in order to gain a better opportunity at receiving a high draft pick. The second and third worst teams have 19.9 percent and 15.6 percent odds, respectively. Sep.

If the board does approve the new system, it would reportedly take effect at the 2019 draft lottery. This would, in theory, discourage teams from making blatant attempts to tank in a season to increase the odds of landing the number one overall pick.

The NBA is proposing rule changes to combat tanking, but one of the hidden details in their official proposal may have bigger implications for all teams in the league.

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