Celtics Blog

NBA Draft Lottery Reform Voted Down By Owners

tankapalooza.jpg
The biggest winner from the vote? Undoubtedly, it’s the Philadelphia 76ers, who have based a large part of their team-building strategy by being awful.AP Photo

Tanking in the NBA lives on — for one more year, anyway.

The votes are in and the NBA’s current draft lottery system is being kept in place for at least the 2014-15 season. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports was first to report Wednesday that NBA owners voted down a proposal at the Board of Governors meeting in New York that would have immediately revamped the NBA’s draft lottery system.

As Boston.com colleague Austin Tedesco explained yesterday, the reform measure would have given teams with the No. 1-4 worst records an equal 12 percent chance to get the first pick, an 11.5 percent chance for No. 5, 10 percent for No. 6, 8.5 percent for No. 7, 7 percent for No. 8, 5.5 percent for No. 9, and 4 percent for No. 10. That arrangement would have been a drastic shift from the league’s current lottery system that gives much higher odds to the three worst teams in the NBA of landing a top-three pick.

Advertisement:

Under current lottery rules, those three-worst teams have a 64 percent, 56 percent, and 47 percent chance, respectively, to earn a top-three pick. Under the revised proposal that was voted down Wednesday, those odds would have dropped to 35 percent for all three of those teams, while the remaining lottery teams would have benefitted from a much higher chance of earning a top-three selection in the draft (13 percent each).

Here’s a breakdown of how each team voted on the proposal today. The Celtics, as expected, voted in favor of proposed changes.

The proposal failing to pass comes as a major surprise in NBA circles.

Advertisement:

The biggest winner from the vote? Undoubtedly, it’s the Philadelphia 76ers, who have based a large part of their team-building strategy over the last couple seasons on the premise that they will benefit heavily from the NBA draft lottery system (via high draft picks) for being awful. The league was hopeful the proposed lottery changes would deter the Sixers and any other teams from following that tanking strategy, but franchises like Philadelphia will maintain that incentive for at least one more season.

It remains likely though the NBA will revisit this divisive issue for future seasons.

Jump To Comments

Conversation

This discussion has ended. Please join elsewhere on Boston.com