Will new NBA draft rules stop teams from tanking on purpose? | The Tylt
Will new NBA draft rules stop teams from tanking on purpose?
"Tanking," or losing games on purpose to get a favorable draft position, has been a problem for the NBA. The league's owners and commissioner passed new rules to help stop from happening. Will it actually work?
Finally! The NBA is finally giving its fans what they want. Tanking not only cheapens the game, it prevents fans from getting the best product on the court. Coaches tend to "rest" their best players in order to put a team on the court with a better chance of losing. With Commissioner Silver policing this, teams will not want to face a huge fine, and won't tank.
The worst team in the league no longer has a 25 percent chance of securing the No. 1 pick. With the odds evening out at the bottom, teams will have less incentive to lose games on purpose. This is a great rule for the NBA.
Somewhere, hiding in the shadows, Sam Hinkie is shedding a quiet tear for the official end of the Tanking Era in the NBA.
NBA teams are like toddlers—you set the rules, and they will test those boundaries to see what they can get away with. These rules aren't going to do a thing to prevent teams from losing on purpose. The NBA Draft is important to building teams, and organizations will still tank games to get the best pick possible. If there is a rule on resting healthy players, teams might over-exaggerate an injury so they still won't have the best team. Organizations will find a way.
Evening out the odds of getting the No.1 pick only does so much. It won't stop teams from still aiming for the bottom three spots with the highest odds possible. These rules are going to do nothing to stop tanking.