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NBA Passes Draft Lottery Reform To Discourage Teams From "Tanking"

The proposed changes received the necessary three-quarter majority to pass from the NBA's Board of Governors.

"Tanking" has been a hot topic in the NBA these last couple years, especially with teams like the Philadelphia 76ers embracing the idea—or The Process, shall we say. But now, it looks like tanking might not yield the same rewards as it once did.

Today, the NBA's Board of Governors passed draft lottery reform according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowksi, and the new rules will begin with the 2019 draft.

The proposal that passed isn't as drastic as you might think, but it might help to prevent teams from totally mailing it in once the season hits the All-Star break. Thomas Barrabi of Fox Business broke it down:

Under the proposed changes, the NBA’s three worst teams would each have the same 14% chance of landing the first pick in the rookie draft, rather than the staggered 25%, 19.9% and 15.6% chance the league’s bottom three teams have in the current lottery system. Each lottery team outside the bottom three would have incrementally lower odds of landing the top pick.

And that's exactly what passed. The new rules also allow teams to rise or fall up to four spots in the draft, as opposed to just three like in the previous system. So here's what the draft lottery odds will look like in 2019 compared to what they currently are.

It's not a huge change from the norm, but the added uncertainty might be just enough to get teams to stop tanking.