NBA own­ers ap­prove re­form of draft lot­tery

USA TODAY US Edition - - SPORTS - Jeff Zill­gitt

NBA own­ers on Thurs­day ap­proved draft lot­tery re­form in an at­tempt to dis­in­cen­tivize los­ing and cur­tail teams from try­ing to get a bet­ter chance at ob­tain­ing a top draft pick.

The three high­est lot­tery seeds will now each have a 14% chance of get­ting the top pick com­pared to 25% for the team with the worst record, 19.9% for the team with the sec­ond-worst record and 15.6% for the team with the third­worst record in the lot­tery sys­tem used since 2005.

“I felt lot­tery re­form was im­por­tant be­cause there was a per­cep­tion in many of our com­mu­ni­ties that the best path to re­build­ing their teams was to race to the bot­tom,” NBA Com­mis­sioner Adam Sil­ver said. “It be­came cur­rency in our league so much so that were sit­u­a­tions where the teams felt pres­sure to en­gage in that strat­egy even when they didn’t think that was the best strat­egy to re­build their team. … I felt it was cor­ro­sive to this league.”

Sil­ver ac­knowl­edged this isn’t a per­fect so­lu­tion but an­swers a per­cep­tion prob­lem while pro­vid­ing sub­stance to the re­form. “There was too great an in­cen­tive to em­bark on that strat­egy,” Sil­ver said.

The chance for the No. 1 pick af­ter the three high­est lot­tery seeds is as fol­lows: Team 4: 12.5%; Team 5: 10.5%; Team 6: 9.0%; Team 7: 7.5%; Team 8: 6.0%; Team

9: 4.5%; Team 10: 3.0%; Team 11:

2.0%; Team 12: 1.5%; Team 13:

1.0%; Team 14: 0.5%

The num­ber of picks de­ter­mined by the lot­tery will also in­crease to four from three, mean­ing the team with the worst record could fall to the fifth pick com­pared to the fourth pick in the pre­vi­ous lot­tery sys­tem. The team with the sec­ond-worst record will pick no lower than sixth, the third-seed no worse than sev­enth and the fourth seed no worse than eighth.

The new lot­tery sys­tem will be- gin with the 2019 draft so teams can pre­pare and plan.

While Sil­ver and the league’s front of­fice pushed for adopt­ing this re­form, it is not pop­u­lar with all team ex­ec­u­tives, es­pe­cially ones play­ing in small and mid-mar­kets.

Some ex­ecs in those mar­kets be­lieve the best way to get a fran­chise-al­ter­ing player is through a draft and that this re­form hurts their chances to draft that kind of player.

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