Adam Silver Is Looking At Proposal To Reduce Players Resting
Sep 16 2017
According to ESPN, Silver will have the right to fines teams for resting players in certain instances such as sitting multiple players outside of unusual circumstances in a single game, and healthy players in nationally televised ESPN, ABC and TNT games.
The league's annual draft lottery system comprises of the 14 non-playoff teams.
The draft lottery reform highlighted the NBA's drive to eliminate tanking from the league, but the competition committee has gone one step further. First, it would increase the chances the league's star players are playing in marquee matchups for TV. 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. Because there, while I feel for the home fans, just as much as the away fans, the away fans may only get a chance to see that team once. This would, in theory, discourage teams from making blatant attempts to tank in a season to increase the odds of landing the number one overall pick.
The NBA's proposed changes to the system would begin with the 2019 draft and include a smoothing-out of odds among the league's worst teams, league sources said. Teams believe that the process of trading for star players has become more hard, with agents and players warning that they will leave come free agency and will never consider re-signing with those teams. Silver would also be able to fine teams that rest multiple players without a legitimate reason in a regular game.
The proposal, supported by National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver and reportedly passed by the competition committee Thursday, aims to dissuade teams from tanking. In the last two seasons, the Sixers have landed the top pick in the draft, and Joel Embiid would have been a potential No. 1 pick if he was healthy when he entered the draft.
The NBA is proposing rule changes to combat tanking, but one of the hidden details in their official proposal may have bigger implications for all teams in the league.