In the NBA, you can't lose ’em all — but you can try

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  • Husker2 Aspen, CO
    April 11, 2018 2:34 p.m.

    This is one reason I have not spent my hard earned money on pro sports in many years. The players are over paid and then they TRY to lose?? Ridiculous. The fans should demand their money back, especially season ticket holders.

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    April 11, 2018 8:44 a.m.

    Reverse the picking order for the lottery teams. The lottery team with the best record gets the first pick, second best second pick, etc. Yes, advantage will go to mediocre teams rather than bottom feeders, but at least it would discourage tanking.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    April 11, 2018 7:15 a.m.

    Loved the article. We need to temper the lottery by measuring how will a team is trying to compete. It seems with all the emphasis on analytics, we could somehow measure that and take some ping pong balls away from teams like Memphis and give them to Sacramento that is still trying to win games.

  • Tomahawk Red Miami Beach, FL
    April 10, 2018 8:30 p.m.

    "A good team could lose a lot of early games with the loss of a star player to injury, only to rally after the freeze date and secure a high pick."

    Take the Jazz this year.

    After 40 games they were 16-24 and staring at a lottery pick.

    Had they froze it then, the Jazz would be looking at a top draft pick in June -- as the 3 seed in the West. Doesn't work.

    A better system is... the lottery teams get more ping pong balls based on their winning percentage in 2 random months of the season (to be chosen after the season). For example, December and February are chosen, and the lottery team with the best combined record in those months get the most lotto balls and on down.

    That discourages tanking as it gives teams no way to game the system. If they're going to miss the playoffs, its still in their best interest to win as many games as possible because they dont know which will affect their lottery odds.