NBA: League's lottery reforms target tanking teams

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Sep 29 2017 07:25 PM | Updated as of Sep 29 2017 08:52 PM

The NBA took measures Thursday to address the problem of teams losing games on purpose late in the season to try and get a higher draft pick.

The board of governors approved the draft lottery reform to reduce the chances of teams tanking to land one of the top three selections.

The approved reform, which easily surpassed the required three-quarters majority that was needed, will have the teams with the 3 worst records each having a 14% chance at landing the No. 1 overall pick.

Under the current format, the team with the worst record has a 25% chance, followed by 19% for the second-worst record and 15% for the third.

A fourth team will be part of the lottery draw and it will have a 12% chance at landing the top pick.

The team with the worst record can pick no lower than fifth.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver was also given the power to slap teams with a hefty fine for sitting healthy players.

The "player rest" proposal prohibits healthy players from being rested for any high-profile nationally televised game.

A violation of the policy will be viewed as conduct detrimental to the NBA and result in a fine of at least $100,000.

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