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Let’s Get Rid of the Draft Lottery


Yesterday we learned that the Cleveland Cavaliers had won the draft lottery again. Each year, following the NBA draft lottery, there is always a conspiracy theory. If the Lakers of Celtics won the lottery, there could have been criticism on Adam Silver he gave one of the most prestigious franchise’s the top overall pick. With the commotion on the draft lottery, should we only get rid of it altogether?

Earlier this NBA season lots of people in the media would always mention that the Philadelphia 76ers were likely to tank the season so they may get the most ping pong balls. Leading this charge was Bill Simmons. Bill would always utilize the word “tank” when mentioning the 76ers. Even losing significantly more than 20 games in a line, you’d think that the 76ers had the worst record in the league but actually the Milwaukee Bucks had the worst record in the league. Evidently, no body ever pointed the finger at the Bucks for “tanking” but were quick to mention the 76ers. So all of this tanking stuff is simply overrated.

The NBA should just utilize the model that other sports league uses, worst team gets the best pick and best team gets worst pick. Only the NBA has these conspiracy theories. In the NFL the Colts did not get very much slack if you are the worst team in the league to have Andrew Luck. The Texans went in one of the finest teams in the AFC to being the worst team in the league and no body said a word.

The NBA has been trying to develop this perfect plan to make teams try harder and win games. That isn’t going to happen, people have been trying to give their theories on how best to fix the lottery and their ideas haven’t been genius. Just keep it simple and get rid of the lottery and provide the worst team the first pick.

What you think, should we get rid of the draft lottery?

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