The NBA this week announced significant changes to conference playoff seeding. When it comes to the draft lottery process, don't expect any adjustments in the near future.
That's not just rumor, but the assessment from NBA commissioner Adam Silver, according to the Boston Globe.
The current system gives the 14 non-playoff teams a weighted opportunity based on order of finish to receive one of the top three draft selections. Recent proposals included scenarios allowing all 30 teams an opportunity for the top spots. Constant focus on teams "tanking" their seasons led to more national and apparently internal conversations.
Part of the calculus going forward among team owners involves the significant rise in the league's salary cap starting with the 2016-17 season. That's when the league's new television deal kicks in.
“There’s a recognition that the lottery is only one aspect of how to build a team,” Silver said Thursday, the Globe reported. “And given the inflow of the new television money next season and the large increase in the cap, ultimately the owners concluded that while we think we need to take a fresh look at the lottery system, let’s wait and look at the system holistically once the new money comes in.
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“Because there’s always unintended consequences and at least everyone understands the rules of the road right now. I think we need to be deliberate about any changes we make, so we’ll turn back to it, but we’re going to leave things as is for now.”
As for how long until the topic of lottery reform is revisited, Silver said: “It will be a couple of years. We will have this very significant increase in the cap next year and I think we’ll have a sense then of how our teams react and what sort player movement we see.”
Tweaking the current lottery plan isn't a bad thing. The 76ers overt tanking, while logical based on the rules on hand, isn't good for the overall product. Going with a system that doesn't provide the bad teams with a better chance at landing the top draft slots isn't ideal either. It sounds like all involved will have more time to come up with a better solution.