Tanking Rumors

Does the current NBA draft lottery system hand out consolation prizes for poor records? Or does the system simply help rebuilding teams to ensure league parity? Does an NBA team’s draft fortune rely on a pingpong ball bouncing its way? Or have those franchises set their respective teams up for failure to maximize their odds at a coveted draft pick? “We have to do something to stop the incentive for teams to tank,” said one NBA owner, who requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the issue. “You shouldn’t be rewarded for stripping your team down.”
The Sixers could have 16 draft picks in the next five years, while fielding a team that went a combined 47-195 in the previous three seasons. Last month, Sam Hinkie resigned as Sixers general manager and president of basketball operations amid mounting criticism of his approach. “Everybody has rigged the system. It wasn’t new what Philadelphia was doing,” said one Eastern Conference general manager. “It’s just that Sam was so brazen about how he went about it. He acted like he reinvented the wheel.”
Similar questions emerged amid a proposal Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said has “zero chance” of becoming a reality. “All draft eligibles are free agents,” Cuban wrote in an email. “They can sign with whatever team they want. However, the amount of dollars slotted for that team would be allocated proportionately by record. Worst record gets the most dollars to spend on a rookie. Best record the least.”