Report: NBA considering replacing draft lottery with ‘wheel’ system
With tanking becoming such a big issue in the NBA, the league may float a proposal to owners sometime in 2014 to eliminate the draft lottery and replace it with a wheel system, according to Zach Lowe of Grantland.com.
The proposal, which was submitted to the league by a team official, would give teams a set draft position every year.
Teams would draft in the top-6 every five seasons and have at least one top-12 pick in every four-year span.
The picture below details a team’s choices for a 30-year period, beginning with the top pick and working clockwise.
Top officials in the league office have expressed early opposition to the proposal, sources told Lowe, but it has intrigued some as a way to eliminate tanking, because a team’s place in the standings would have no bearing on its draft position.