The NBA lottery system is again under scrutiny, and it looks like this time, there may be some real change. A report last week from ESPN outlined myriad changes the competition committee and NBA Board of Governors were to examine this week to the NBA's system for determining draft order. Among them, the proposal suggests flattening odds for the top three teams, reducing the disparity between them and the rest of the lottery, and even a proposal to prevent teams from drafting in the top three in consecutive seasons. It's all in response to one man's plan -- affectionately known in Philadelphia as "The Process," as these proposals started to bubble up during GM Sam Hinkie's controversial tenure with the Philadelphia 76ers. Their venture into regular-season spelunking crossed boundaries of what league personnel found acceptable. It was deemed a threat to everything that defines the sport in the minds of its critics. Eventually, the league felt compelled to step in, after Adam Silver consulted with ownership. Jerry Colangelo was brought in. He in turn hired his son Bryan. The Process, much like the league's intervention, completely misses the point in confronting the real issues with competitive balance and the inability of franchises to right themselves. The most common argument against tanking -- setting aside the notion that watching these teams in March and April is like having your soul sucked out through your nostril -- is that it rewards failure. There's implicit distaste for being rewarded with the No. 1 pick for losing on purpose.
NBA lottery changes would be nice, but will not fix the league's real problem
CBS Sports | Sep 12