Changes to the Draft Lottery

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    Changes to the Draft Lottery

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    The latest NBAification of the league.  Top 3 to be up for grabs, and the odds shift toward the middle a bit (worst team to have 1/5 instead of 1/4 chance of getting the top pick, odds for the 8th and 9th worst teams to get 1st overall pick nearly double - though still only between 5%-6.5%).


     


     


    Are you not entertained?!?!

     
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    Re: Changes to the Draft Lottery

    Maybe this helps to prevent teams from tanking, but more likely just an attempt to make something exciting in the offseason and create more draft buzz.

     
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    Re: Changes to the Draft Lottery

    In response to Fletcher1's comment:


    Maybe this helps to prevent teams from tanking, but more likely just an attempt to make something exciting in the offseason and create more draft buzz.






     That would be my guess. I can't wait for the uproar when one team gets lucky.


     

     
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    Re: Changes to the Draft Lottery

    Read the new rules carefully Kevin Lowe and MacT!

     
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    Re: Changes to the Draft Lottery

    I like it.  It adds a little more excitement to the thing.  Also, how cool would it be for the fans of a team that juuuuuuust missed the playoffs that suddenly gets the first pick overall?

     

     
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    In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:

    I like it.  It adds a little more excitement to the thing.  Also, how cool would it be for the fans of a team that juuuuuuust missed the playoffs that suddenly gets the first pick overall?

     




     Like TO? Would never hear the end of it!!

     

     
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    Re: Changes to the Draft Lottery

    I think it's better.  Simply finishing in last place for a few years makes it too easy of a strategy to build a contender.  The lower odds of a 1st pick for team at the very bottom means you have to focus on other means.  It's also less incentive to tank if you are close to the playoffs.

     
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    Re: Changes to the Draft Lottery

    It seems like the trade deadline deals have been so sparse in recent years, and I wonder if the expanding lottery contributes to that. 

    Certainly the 'loser point' does too, since about 24 of the 30 teams still consider themselves to be in contention for a playoff spot at the trade deadline, and there are subsequently 24 'buyers' and 6 'sellers' in March.

    I also wonder if spreading the lottery thinner for the worst teams will lessen, not eliminate, the desire to unload contracts at the trade deadline.  

    Of course, having less fire sales and tanking in April is probably good for the league too.

     
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    Maybe, but what if you're in contention for that last playoff spot. Why push for it when you can not push for it, finish in 9th in the conference and possibly get the 1, 2, or 3 pick?

    Yeah, yeah, the Kings. Whatever. I think more teams will be letting up late in the season. If they aren't, they're dumb. Gamble, baby, gamble!

     
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    Re: Changes to the Draft Lottery

    In response to Fletcher1's comment:

    Maybe this helps to prevent teams from tanking, but more likely just an attempt to make something exciting in the offseason and create more draft buzz.



    I think so. Trying to make the draft lottery more of a television event. I have no problem with that.




     

     
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