We all knew this was coming.
After both the Sixers and the Milwaukee Bucks made it so blatantly obvious they were tanking last season in order to increase their chances of landing the first pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, we knew changes were going to be made to the draft lottery. It was inevitable and, some would say, very necessary since as much as tanking works and is the best way to improve your team in today’s NBA, it’s not very fun to watch.
Of course, the irony in this whole situation is that neither the Sixers nor the Bucks, two teams that actively tanked the season, got the first pick. It instead went to the Cleveland Cavaliers who had just a 1.7% chance of landing the first overall pick and did so for the third time in four years.
The new system, which was revealed Wednesday, evens the odds of landing the first pick in the draft for the four worst teams to around 11%. Also, instead of the order of just the first three picks being selected by ping pong balls, it would be expanded to the first six picks. What all that means is that it will be that much harder to land that coveted first overall pick no matter how bad your record is. Unless of course you’re the Cavaliers.
And while changes were anticipated, I didn’t think anyone was expecting that it was going to happen so fast. Continue reading