Fix the Lottery System

If you are like me, you are tired of watching some teams take a different approach to winning when you get through around half the season. Some even earlier...

What am I talking about. I mean the phenomenon of "tanking". I hate it! I think it is an awful flaw in the system. I am horrified at teams playing badly (or top players not playing *see below*) because their season is bad. It is also bad for the league as it creates anger and disinterest in fans. Who wants to watch your team lose on purpose? I don't think the ratings on a good lottery are better than the ratings of two teams trying to win. Anyway, all that to say this. Isn't there a better system?

Current percentages in draft lottery-

1. 250 combinations, 25% chance of receiving the #1 pick
2. 199 combinations, 19.9% chance
3. 156 combinations, 15.6% chance
4. 119 combinations, 11.9% chance
5. 88 combinations, 8.8% chance
6. 63 combinations, 6.3% chance
7. 43 combinations, 4.3% chance
8. 28 combinations, 2.8% chance
9. 17 combinations, 1.7% chance
10. 11 combinations, 1.1% chance
11. 8 combinations, 0.8% chance
12. 7 combinations, 0.7% chance
13. 6 combinations, 0.6% chance
14. 5 combinations, 0.5% chance

Pretty simple. There are some rules like the team with the worst record can't pick worse than fourth and stuff like that, but you get the idea. The goal is to help the worst team with the best draftee. Unfortunately, sometimes you get a team that isn't the worst but looks the worst due to injury (unavoidable) or one that loses part of the season due to injury, etc. and tanks it. How can we avoid the latter situation?

Some people have thrown out the idea recently to have a two tiered (soccer style) system in the NBA. The owners understandably hate the idea. But what about having two tiers within one league. Change the percentages so that the 7-8 worst teams get the best chances to win first pick. From there you would keep going on down the line (I suggest weighting slightly toward the bottom and will show what that looks like later) Then Lets look at benefits and disadvantages.


1. Teams at the bottom of the pack will be trying to win so that they can get the first pick.

2. Teams that were in that horrible territory of mediocrity can be rewarded for at least trying as opposed to rewarding badly run/coached teams or teams that don't show up.

Disadvantages- I am sure you will think of more than I have

1. Some teams that are almost playoff teams might try to lose games to get picks (is this worse than mediocre or almost playoff teams losing whole seasons to get high picks?)

2. Truly bad teams might be stuck there (but there is always free agency). This is actually a gift in that only well run teams will get off the bottom rather than badly run lucky ones.

Lastly, here would be the percentages in my system.

1. 5%
2. 6.5%
3. 8%
4. 9%
5. 11%
6. 14%
7. 16%
8. 11%
9. 7%
10. 5%
11. 3.5%
12. 2%
13. 1.5%
14. .5% 

You can do what you want to change the numbers around a little and get the same idea. The percentages go down from the 7th worst record in both directions but start weighting more and more toward the worse team. This is to give less of a chance to a very good team getting a pick. However, it would be an anamoly in any year considering it is only recently that teams with records over mid-40 wins have not made playoffs.

Well, tell me what you think...improve. It is just an idea to help fix the nba in some way.


I nearly vomited every time I heard an olympic announcer talk about Wade's "surprise" comeback after a bad season. Anyone who knows basketball could see he was ready to come back earlier but didn't so they could lose games and get a high draft pick. SICK

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