Head Men's Basketball Coach – Pratt Cannoneers
I just came across this article on Slate (through Deadspin) that provides a really interesting take on a new NBA Draft Lottery.
The proposal, which essentially would have NBA execs betting on which of their opponents would be the worst team that upcoming season. So the Sixers could sit down and say, “I think the Nuggets are going to have the worst record in the league next year.” (You can’t bet on yourself – sorry Sam Hinkie). If the Nuggets have the worst record – the Sixers get the first pick. If the Nuggets have the seventh worst record, the Sixers get the seventh pick.
It’s very clearly not a feasible idea. But man, wouldn’t it be amazing to see. Picture Derek Fisher and Phil Jackson sitting in a room together, maybe with James Dolan in the corner overseeing things.
Jackson: Hmmm…the Timberwolves had the worst record in the league this year, do you think they’ll do that again?
Fisher: They could, but the Sixers are tanking every year. Shouldn’t we pick again?
Dolan: Oh, you guys can’t agree? Then let’s pick the Spurs then.
Besides the Knicks ineptitude, it would be great to see teams calling each other out at the lottery. How offended would you be if your team was the first pick in the draft?
Would the team who picked Boston this year have lost their mind over Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green being traded? Would they just be having nightmares about Brad Stevens turning a group of almost D-Leaguers into a playoff team?
The proposal would surely eliminate tanking. And it would provide entertainment for sure. So my vote is all for it.