National Basketball Association could give Adam Silver power to fine teams for resting players

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Having the worst record possible gives that franchise the best chance at landing the first overall pick in the following draft.

The NBA is expected to vote later this month on draft lottery reform being pushed by commissioner Adam Silver.

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.

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

The plans will need a two-thirds majority by the board of governors to pass into legislation with a vote expected at a meeting in NY on September 28. Currently, the NBA's worst three teams bear 25.5 percent, 19.9 percent, and 15.6 percent odds, respectively, at the No. 1 pick. If this plan were to pass, all three teams would drop to 14 percent each.

The proposal is now up for review by the NBA's board of governors, who will vote on whether or not to grant Silver the ability to fine teams. The worst team has potential to fall to the No. 5 pick, the second-worst can fall to No. 6, and so on and so forth.

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This has become particularly a worry for small market teams who have no choice but to build their roster through the draft, given how the last few years have provided a good sample size of putting free agency decisions in the players' hands, making it increasingly hard to retain talent.

The term "tanking" when used in referring to the National Basketball Association, is when a team is essentially throwing a season away by trading or benching veterans on the team, collecting draft picks, and giving youthful and inexperienced players an exorbitant amount of playing time. Instead, the home fans will have to run that risk instead, at least more frequently.

Silver has been on a mission to keep teams from leaving players on the bench in nationally televised games, and the change could make a positive step in that direction.

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