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NBA commissioner Adam Silver is not a fan of 'The Process'

NBA commissioner Adam Silver is not a fan of 'The Process'

There's a dirty word that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver really hates saying. 

Tanking.

It's been something the league has been trying to find a way to eliminate for a while. 

Silver sees it as bad for business when teams make it incredibly obvious that they want nothing to do with winning during the season, instead opting for piling up losses and a chance to increase those ping pong ball odds and land a higher draft pick in the summer.

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In his courtside interview with our Chris Miller Wednesday night though, Silver was asked about how teams like the Sixers have handled their rebuilding, and he wasn't shy about his dislike for "The Process".

He even said the dirty word at one point. 

"I haven't made a secret out of the fact that, in terms of the so-called 'process', we actually just changed the draft lottery. Not that the team (Sixers) did anything wrong, they took advantage of existing rules, but in fairness to other teams in the league you now have a team in the 76ers who had one of the worst four-year records in the history of the league. And that's not good for anybody" said Silver. 

The rule changes Silver is talking about will reduce the odds so that the teams with the three worst records will share the same chance of receiving the No. 1 overall draft pick.  

This starts in the 2019 NBA Draft. 

Will it really  deter teams from trying to increase their odds? Maybe slightly.

The fact is though, that unless you're a franchise that can afford to pay multiple superstars in free agency, drafting young talent is the way to build a winner. 

"I accept that a certain amount of rebuilding needs to happen, and is appropriate," Silver added. "But you want to have continuity, you want players to feel like they're part of something". 

Silver went on to say that players don't tank, which is true. Organizations just put out talent they see as inferior, hoping they'll just be able to ride out the season and look towards the future with better odds at improving. 

Look at not only the Sixers, but also what they're building in Minnesota. Heck, the Warriors (before signing Kevin Durant) built a championship team through the draft. 

Creating a winner takes years, and the way to preserve it is with young talent through the draft, which is something the Wizards now have locked up as well. 

As for the future of "The Process" and "tanking", there's really only so much the NBA can do to avoid it. 

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Rui Hachimura was a star in Vegas, earning All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors

Rui Hachimura was a star in Vegas, earning All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors

Welcome to the Wizards Rui Hachimura.

In his first action as a Washington Wizard, the first-round draft pick brought home some hardware after being named to the All-NBA Summer League Second Team.

Hachimura showed out in a Summer League that was headlined by which stars were not playing on the court. In his final contest against the Atlanta Hawks, Hachimura dominated the court.

Playing a total of three games in Las Vegas, he averaged 19.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Those stats paired with a 2-1 record in the games he played garnered the Second Team honor. 

He was joined by Chris Boucher (Toronto), Jaxson Hayes (New Orleans), Anfernee Simons (Portland) and Lonie Walker IV (San Antonio) on the Second Team. 

The Gonzaga product is looking to become the best Japanese player to step onto an NBA basketball court and, although it is a small sample size, he showed some major potential in his limited action. 

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Mystics' Kristi Toliver named WNBA All-Star reserve for a second straight year

Mystics' Kristi Toliver named WNBA All-Star reserve for a second straight year

Washington Mystics guard Kristi Toliver is a WNBA All-Star once again. 

Toliver was named an All-Star reserve on Monday as selected by the league's coaches. She joins Elena Delle Donne, who was named a captain of one of the two teams, and head coach Mike Thibault as representatives from the Mystics. 

This selection gives Toliver, 5-7, the third honor of her career and the second with Washington. Last year en route to the franchise's first WNBA Finals appearance Toliver was named an All-Star. She also got the nod in 2013 when she played with the Los Angeles Sparks. 

Through 15 games, Toliver is averaging 12.1 points and is second in the league with 5.7 assists per game, which is also on pace for a career-high.

She is shooting at a career-best .497 clip and is looking as explosive as ever at 32-years-old. With her and Delle Donne, the Mystics are 9-6 and second in the Eastern Conference.

In the offseason, Toliver is also an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards. Often she worked on the player development side of the staff and closely with Bradley Beal. 

Delle Donne will have the first choice of selection in the All-Star game draft. As a reserve, Toliver cannot be selected until after the starters are chosen. 

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