Riggin' for Wiggins. Playing Sorry for Jabari. The practice of tanking to have a better chance at obtaining the #1 overall pick in the NBA Draft could be a thing of the past.
The NBA is reportedly considering an "anti-tanking wheel" that would pick a specific first round draft slot for each of the 30 NBA teams for the next 30 years. The system is set up so that no team would pick in the same position for 30 years; it would be a 30 year rotation of draft positioning.
The team that gets the no. 1 pick in the very first year of this proposed system would draft in the following slots over the system’s first six seasons: 1st, 30th, 19th, 18th, 7th, 6th. Just follow the wheel around clockwise to see the entire 30-year pick cycle of each team, depending on their starting spoke in Year 1.
There is zero benefit in not trying to win games under this system which is something the fans would certainly appreciate. Though it seems unfair to think a team like the Heat, Thunder, Pacers, or Spurs could potentially land a #1 pick, it would eliminate the BS notion of tanking.
Can you imagine the Miami Heat landing a Jabari Parker, Marcus Smart, or Anthony Wiggins next year? This type of system could result in a "rich get richer" type of league, but it's 100% all luck. The system in place now allows for teams to improve their probability of landing a top player, which has resulted in some teams playing like a JV CYO squad.
Either way, it will be interesting to see how the league handles drafts moving forward, as it seems they are readily looking to scrap the ping pong balls system. Although, the ping pong ball selection before the Draft is riveting television.