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April 13, 2006

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Brett

If the NBA eliminated divisions, what would you do for clothing without all of your Laker Division Champs shirts?

Clipper Blog

The Association may appreciate Clipperblog (who is similarly embarrassed by the losefest) and its proposal for the postseason:

http://www.clipperblog.com/item/43

dave

I don't think anyone will ever be happy with the draft structure. I think they should keep the ping pong ball system in tact, but dump the ability to protect picks within the lottery. If it's #1 or #14, it's safe. If not, you're SOL.

The problem with eliminating the weighted draft structure is that a team like Atlanta or Portland will whine about being the crappiest team and not being able to compete without a system that helps compensate for a shit roster. And to some extent they would be right, but they should have safeguards against tanking. Numerous DNP-CDs without a valid reason (injury, personal reasons, etc.) should result in a fine, suspension next year, etc. The problem with the Inactive List is that teams don't need a reason to send players on there anymore.

Either way, David Stern's press conference on Thursday was pretty telling about how he doesn't really give a shit about tanking.

Craig

A good GM will conpensate for poor draft positions. Just look at how Indiana, Sacramento, Dallas and San Antonio have all been competitive since 1999. They continue to roll out decent squads despite poor draft positions.

I agree that many teams will bitch about losing out on the lottery. They should just stop using it as a crutch and spend money on scouting or find a GM with basketball knowledge.

Ryan

Forget the lottery all together and use a split draft.
Have the team with the best record not in the playoffs get the first pick. Second goes to second best record on down. After the worst team do the reverse order for the teams in the playoffs.

this year would be:
1. Utah
2. Philly
3. NO/OKC
4. Orlando
5. Houston
6. Boston....
then after portland picks it would be Milwaukee, sacromento and so on.

This would make teams play hard all the way to the end to either make the playoffs or improve their draft position. Also teams in the middle would have the chance to get an impact player and make a jump to the top of the league the very next season. crappy teams like my Blazers would cry but NBA teams need to improve effort late in the season, but they need an incentive.

solomonrex

Remember, Houston tanked for Olajuwon, SA tanked for the Admiral and Duncan and Orlando did really well with their first round picks.

Tanking obviously works in the NBA and that's the problem.

How about a system tied to the salary cap? You have to spend money on draft picks. Teams in the luxury tax shouldn't get to draft in the first round and teams that have no talent like Milwaukee would be better off than teams that already have a Garnett.

Should the Knicks be rewarded for incompetence? As a Knicks fan, I say no.

The NBA is so player dependent, it needs a draft system that can't easily be gamed. Especially when the entire Atlantic division seems so eager to play the lottery.

basketballjones

I actually have the perfect solution, and it would be entertaining, too.

Take the bottom 8 teams and have a single-elimination tournament to
determine who gets the top 4 picks. Seeding will be random.

After the tournament, picks 5-7 will be determined by weighted lottery
and everyone else picks in order of finish. It can run concurrent to
the first round of the playoffs.


That or they could hire the BCS to come up with some kind of archaic
formula to determine draft order.

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