I am so sick of hearing this argument. Let’s get rid of the lottery! Let’s fix the lottery! Let’s leave it the same!
Look, it’s so simple. Now stay with me. First of all, the system is broke and needs to be fixed and the best part is that there is a really really easy solution.
The draft lottery is set on March 1st. If you are the worst team on March 1st then you get the first pick in the draft. And the rest of the picks fall in order with the exception of any teams that make the playoffs…those teams will be seeded by record after all non-playoff teams are seeded.
This will prevent teams from benefitting from tanking at the end of the season…Miami. They tanked game after game this season in March and April. It will also allow NBA teams to play their young players at the end of the year without affecting the order of the draft. If a team sucks on March 1st then they suck and the worst team on March 1st should get that 1st pick. Because all teams are competing up until March 1st and if you are getting beat during that time then yeah you are the worst team in the league and should get the 1st pick. In March and April, teams who are already out of the playoffs start resting guys who otherwise would play and they do nothing to better the team..knowing that they need the draft pick.
Many NFL fantasy leagues are run similar. Whoever has the worst record after week 12 gets the 1st pick in the draft. Because any one who has played fantasy football knows that if an owner is clearly out of the playoffs those last few weeks then they tank…either on purpose or just stop paying attention and start guys who are injured,etc. I’m surprised someone as smart as Mark Cuban hasn’t presented this as a solution.
Easy solution NBA. There’s no real argument against it.