3 Dumb Ways To Change the NBA Draft Lottery As Dumb As Current System
Failing to get the required number of votes to reform the current NBA Draft Lottery means we’re stuck with a system that continues to reward teams that tear down their rosters in hopes of getting high draft picks. Unless we use my horrible ideas!
It’s tough to argue against the owners that didn’t vote for reform, since you sometimes prefer the devil you know over the devil you don’t.
3 Modest Proposals To Change the NBA Draft Lottery
The NBA Draft is much different from other drafts because ONE player can completely change a team’s fate in the NBA more than it would in any other sport. The top draft pick instantly becomes 20-percent of the team’s starting lineup. Here are three ways we can fix things -- or make them way worse.
Voting by a Panel
Before you College Football BCS haters throw me out of the building, let me explain. Since the NBA Draft is much different than any of the other sports drafts, it’s important to treat it differently. Choose a panel of seven people associated with the NBA to be on the panel, which could include national broadcasters, former players, former coaches and GMs, as well as an NBA executive.
The five NBA teams with the worst records that season are thrown into a pool for these people to vote on. The panel will vote on which team a) needs the high draft pick the most, and b) which team deserves the high draft pick the most.
If it’s apparent a team has tanked to get down into the bottom five, then they don’t get the top pick (Philadelphia in recent seasons). If a team has a superstar that suffered a season-ending injury midseason, then they don’t get the top pick (San Antonio, Tim Duncan). If a team has suffered through horrible management decisions, including trades and bad draft picks, then they don’t get the top pick (L.A. Clippers through the ‘80s and ‘90s). But if you have a young team that has some talent but just can’t seem to get over the hill – they might get the top pick. How about a young team whose top pick last season suffered a career-ending/threatening injury? (Portland, Greg Oden) I say give them another try.
Top 5 Players Draft Their Teams
Who says the teams should decide where players go? When you go out for a job interview, do you choose to work where you want to work, or does some company in Utah make you move out to Salt Lake City to work there?
Have a committee of NBA Draft journalists decide who the top five players coming out of college (or Europe) should be this season, then do a lottery for them. Each player then gets to choose one of the five worst NBA teams from the previous season.
Think about it – it won’t always be a case of him taking the most talented team. Imagine if it were the Bucks vs. the Lakers. Wouldn’t you choose L.A. over Milwaukee – even if Milwaukee had a young, upcoming squad? Or what if it was Philadelphia vs. Orlando? Sunshine, please!
Some players will also be smart enough to choose a great organization and general manager over a better team with a train wreck behind it.
Toilet Bowl Tournament
The four worst teams at the end of the season will go at it in a Round Robin tournament – held on the off days of the NBA Finals – to see which team can WIN the No. 1 pick.
Teams are only allowed to use players under contract for more than two seasons, though, so they’re only using players that will end up spending a lot of time with the new player.
So those are my modest proposals for a new NBA Draft lottery system. Got any of your own? Drop a comment below!
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