Adam Silver can fine National Basketball Association teams for resting players

Gladys Abbott
September 16, 2017

As it is now, the three worst teams have a 25, 19.9, and 15.6 percent chances, respectively, to notch the top overall pick.

"We do hope it will cut down on the resting of players in marquee games", Silver said in a statement released by the league in March.

The NBA is expected to vote later this month on draft lottery reform being pushed by commissioner Adam Silver.

The proposed changes would begin with the 2019 draft and include a smoothing out of odds among the league's worst teams, per ESPN. The vote will need to receive a two-thirds majority in order for it to come into effect. The worst team could drop to fifth under the new plan, one spot lower than before. For example, the team with the worst record could potentially fall to No. 5 instead of the current floor of No. 4. The second-worst record could move to sixth, down from fifth.

The 14 non-playoff teams comprise the league's annual draft lottery system.

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No team has embraced tanking more than the Philadelphia 76ers, as they have lived by their "Trust the Process" mantra.

There is trepidation among small-market teams that lottery reform will make it even harder for non-destination markets to obtain star-level players through the draft, especially because of a pervasive belief that it has become increasingly hard to do so through free agency and trades.

The NBA rid the 2017-18 season schedule of back-to-back games around nationally televised appearances, giving teams less reason to sit out players for high-profile games.

Wojnarowski also reports the proposal would give Silver authority to fine teams that rest healthy players for nationally televised games, a tactic employed by contenders in recent years to ensure stars are healthy for the postseason.

The term "tanking" when used in referring to the National Basketball Association, is when a team is essentially throwing a season away by trading or benching veterans on the team, collecting draft picks, and giving youthful and inexperienced players an exorbitant amount of playing time. "And of course, the home team home fans can see that team many times".

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