It's a common misconception that management of any team will actually come
right out and tell their players to throw games in order to draft better. And even if they did, there's too much to lose for individual
players to actually do so. If players don't perform well and look good,
there is an enhanced possibility of being cut from their team. And if they
haven't been playing well, there's also a good chance no other team
will pick them up, thus ending their basketball careers. The same reasoning
applies to their coach.A coach could put in combinations of players
that will lessen their chance of winning, but no individual players are going to
not do their best. It wouldn't be worth risking their entire careers to not
do so. It's just common sense if you think about it.Once a team
no longer has a chance to make the playoffs, there are some fans who propagate
the rumors, or perhaps even the hope, that the team will then lose often enough
to get a better draft pick. But to do so purposely makes very little sense from
the participant's viewpoint.
Both teams need to lose for the lottery sweeps. Which one will win in spite of
orders from management to "play it close to the vest".