Adam Silver is once again bringing change to the NBA. The NBA’s Board of Governors passed two new rule changes in attempt to reform the lottery to avoid tanking, and player resting rules regarding resting healthy players. The reforms passed with a 28-1-1 vote with Dallas and Oklahoma City abstaining.
The lottery reform will go in to affect in 2019 and will be an effort to keep teams from tanking in order to approve the odds of garnering the #1 pick in the draft. The three teams with the worst records will share a 14 percent chance of getting the No. 1 overall pick, a change from the descending percentages of 25, 19.9, and 15.6 in the current system. Four teams — increased from three — will become part of the lottery draw, which means the No. 1 lottery seed could drop no further than fifth, No. 2 could drop no further than sixth, No. 3 no further than seventh, and No. 4 no further than eighth.
I think we all recognize we need to find the right balance between creating the appropriate incentives on one hand for teams to, of course, win, and on the other hand allowing for appropriate rebuilding and the draft to work as it should in which the worst performing teams get the highest picks in the draft.
Commissioner, National Basketball Association
As far as the new resting regulations go, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will have the discretionary ability to fine organizations for offenses that include: resting players in several instances, including sitting multiple players outside of unusual circumstances in a single game, and healthy players in nationally televised ESPN, ABC and TNT games.
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