The NBA Draft Lottery is changing next year, and Adam Silver has already admitted that more work might need to be done to combat tanking. The league’s view on tanking has never been one of encouragement, but Silver has admitted that one team in particular made it necessary for the league to take action. Silver spoke on ESPN’s Get Up and discussed tanking and the Draft Lottery at length on Friday, further explaining the worrying trend that teams are much more actively tanking than ever before in league history. In fact, Silver admitted it was the Philadelphia 76ers and their “Process” that made the league take a serious look at changing the rules. “As a response to the strategy that the 76ers undertook we changed the Draft Lottery,” Silver admitted. “It’s a bit bedeviling. It’ll be the sixth time in roughly the last 35 years that we’ve changed the odds of the Draft Lottery. And roughly 35 years ago the league put in place a draft lottery precisely to deal with this strategy.” Silver said that teams have taken tanking to the “next level” and, while the league’s firm stance against it has not changed, the perception of the value of tanking for teams and fans has made it difficult.
Adam Silver Admitted The Sixers’ Process Made The NBA Change Its Draft Lottery Rules
Dime Magazine | Apr 20