The NBA is working toward changes to its current Draft lottery system, but it’s facing strong opposition from the Philadelphia 76ers, according to an ESPN report.
Under the current system, the team with the worst record at the end of the season has a 25-percent chance at the No. 1 overall pick, with the odds falling to 19.9 percent, 15.6 percent, 11.9 percent, and 8.8 percent through pick No. 5. Under the new proposal, the bottom five or six teams would have the same chance at landing to the top spot. Theoretically preventing those teams from tanking for a worse record.
The Sixers used the current system to their advantage this year, drafting injured Kansas big man Joel Embiid with the No. 3 overall pick and acquiring European standout Dario Saric in a trade. Saric has said he plans to stay overseas for another two seasons, meaning Philadelphia’s two lottery picks are unlikely to help them at all this season. Last season, the Sixers traded for Nerlens Noel, the Kentucky center who sat out the year with an injury of his own.
Philly is likely to be very bad again given their two picks this season, and they’re pretty much admitting by fighting the league on the lottery process that they plan to be bad on purpose. How dare the NBA deny the Sixers a chance to suck their way into a better pick again?
The Sixers might not get their way, however, according to the ESPN story.
Philadelphia’s planned sink to the bottom has caused a drag on revenues in one of the league’s largest markets and has upset some other teams, sources said.
Philly currently has $30 million in cap space, which I’m sure they’ll use to sign the best players possible.