This new plan will make the three equally share a 14 percent chance, with odds of ensuing teams to drop incrementally by one or two percent.
Commissioner Adam Silver has been keen to bring in a change for the draft lottery to deter teams from tanking games in order to gain a better opportunity at receiving a high draft pick. If they vote in agreement with Silver's reform, the proposed draft lottery would become legislation and take effect beginning in 2019.
Per ESPN, the proposed guidelines for resting players will encourage teams to sit healthy players for home over away games.
The board of governors will vote on instituting the changes at a meeting in NY on September 28. In addition, the worst team in the league could then pick as low as fifth rather than fourth and the No. 2 team could pick sixth rather than fifth.
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For example, the three worst teams now have a 25 percent, 19.9 and 15.6 percent chances at winning the No. 1 overall pick. The second and third worst teams have 19.9 percent and 15.6 percent odds, respectively. Sep.
Wojnaroski adds that a plan recommended to the league's board of governors includes guidelines for when franchises can rest players.
Also, the league's three worst teams could fall further in the lottery than they might under the current institution, league sources said.
For the 2017-18 season, the National Basketball Association has reduced the number of back-to-backs teams have to play to deter them from resting players in a big road games, but the new rule would be another way to discourage teams from sitting star players in important matchups. 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. Additionally, the commissioner will be able to fine the organizations who are "sitting multiple players outside of unusual circumstances in a single game", and also resting uninjured players during games on ESPN, ABC or TNT.