Friday, 22 September, 2017

National Basketball Association competition committee proposes fines for resting players, change to lottery system

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Juana Turner | 16 September, 2017, 00:53

National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver has been determined to pass a plan that deters the tactic of tanking games to gain access to better odds at higher picks and the resting of players in nationally televised games.

"We do hope it will cut down on the resting of players in marquee games", Silver said in a statement released by the league in March.

The board of governors will vote on instituting the changes at a meeting in NY on September 28. The proposal needs the support of two-thirds of the board to pass.

Silver and company have proposed a draft lottery reform to the NBA's Board of Governors in efforts to de-incentivize tanking, making the teams with the worse record think about their actions twice before deciding to pull their starters off a few games before the season ends to draw more chances of a higher pick.

For example, the three worst teams now have a 25 percent, 19.9 and 15.6 percent chances at winning the No. 1 overall pick. If this plan were to pass, all three teams would drop to 14 percent each. The second-worst record could move to sixth, down from fifth.

In addition, the league's three worst teams could dip even further in the lottery than they now can.

No team has embraced tanking more than the Philadelphia 76ers, as they have lived by their "Trust the Process" mantra.

There is trepidation among small-market teams that lottery reform will make it even harder for non-destination markets to obtain star-level players through the draft, especially because of a pervasive belief that it has become increasingly hard to do so through free agency and trades. Instead, the home fans will have to run that risk instead, at least more frequently.

Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Friday that the league also wants the ability to fine teams if they rest "multiple" players in a game or healthy players on nationally televised games.

"There is a recognition from teams that on one hand a certain amount of resting is just inevitable and appropriate to keep the players healthy, but that they shouldn't be resting multiple starters on the same night", Silver said at his NBA Finals press conference.

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