NBA To Vote on Draft Lottery Reform, Player Rest Guidelines

Ivan Schwartz
September 16, 2017

The NBA's proposed changes to the system would begin with the 2019 NBA draft and include a change of odds among the league's worst teams of winning the No. 1 overall pick, ESPN reported.

Change could be coming to the NBA Draft Lottery in the near future, but not too many small market teams are thrilled about it.

"There is a recognition from teams that on one hand a certain amount of resting is just inevitable and appropriate to keep the players healthy, but that they shouldn't be resting multiple starters on the same night", Silver said at his NBA Finals press conference.

Going forward, Silver is going to encourage teams to rest players during home games, but also discourage them from doing so on nationally televised games.

The proposal is now up for review by the NBA's board of governors, who will vote on whether or not to grant Silver the ability to fine teams. In addition, the worst team in the league could then pick as low as fifth rather than fourth and the No. 2 team could pick sixth rather than fifth. Currently, the NBA's worst three teams bear 25.5 percent, 19.9 percent, and 15.6 percent odds, respectively, at the No. 1 pick.

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The draft lottery reform must be approved by the NBA's board of governors for a final vote on September 28. Under the new plan, those teams would each have a 14 percent chance, league sources said, and the odds for ensuring teams would drop incrementally by a percentage point or two.

The proposal would also allow teams to drop further in the lottery.

No team has embraced tanking more than the Philadelphia 76ers, as they have lived by their "Trust the Process" mantra. He would have the authority to fine teams for resting multiple players in a single game or healthy players in a national TV game.

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. Instead, the home fans will have to run that risk instead, at least more frequently.

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