National Basketball Association expected to vote on draft lottery reform

National Basketball Association expected to vote on draft lottery reform

The board will meet in NY on September 28 and vote on the matter, with the changes, if any, taking place starting 2019 to give teams a chance to brace themselves for the alterations, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Association wants to give even odds of landing the first overall pick in the NBA Draft Lottery to the bottom three teams in the standings, a big change from the 25 percent odds the worst team in the league now has. The most significant change would be the three teams with the worst records sharing a 14 percent chance to win the lottery.

Under the new proposal, the team that finishes with the worst record would have a reduced chance of securing the top pick in the draft.

If the board does approve the new system, it would reportedly take effect at the 2019 draft lottery. 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. Silver would also be able to fine teams that rest multiple players without a legitimate reason in a regular game.

The NBA is expected to vote later this month on draft lottery reform being pushed by commissioner Adam Silver. The worst team has potential to fall to the No. 5 pick, the second-worst can fall to No. 6, and so on and so forth.

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In the proposed resting legislation, Silver will have the discretionary ability to fine teams for resting players in several instances, including sitting multiple players outside of unusual circumstances in a single game, and healthy players in nationally televised ESPN, ABC and TNT games, league sources said.

The Spurs and Cavs are among the teams that have notably rested players during recent high-profile national games.

Last year, a handful of teams rested their star players during nationally televised games, and the decision to do that was a direct result of the league's schedule.

Silver sees stars resting as such an issue because the league isn't giving the fan the best product.