The Sixers Are Mad That the NBA Wants Them to Stop Losing So Damned Much
You know what was fun about this most recent Sixers season?
Not a damn thing. The team was built to lose, accomplished its mission, and ended up with the third pick in the draft. As a reward for fans, the Sixers now appear constructed to … lose a lot more in 2014-15, in hopes of securing just one more high draft pick.
The NBA has had enough. The league is pushing a new draft system that would give aggressively crappy teams like the Sixers a reduced chance of being rewarded with a high pick. Basically, every team that misses the playoffs would have the same chance, in the lottery, of getting the No. 1 pick.
Which means a team that tried to make the playoffs and just missed — a team that went 41-41, for example, and seemed mired in mediocrity — would have just as good a chance of draft rewards as the the team that deliberately lost as many games as possible.
The overall effect: Less incentive to suck.
The Sixers, naturally, are contesting this idea. They want to be free to suck just as much as possible until they’re ready to win championships.
The rough draft of this plan was met with opposition by 76ers management, which is in the midst of a multiseason rebuilding project that is dependent on a high pick next year. The 76ers, sources said, are hoping to get the NBA to delay the plan’s implementation for at least a year because it would act as a de facto punishment while just playing by the rules that have been in place.
The 76ers, however, may struggle to gain support from Silver or fellow teams for holding off on the changes. Philadelphia’s planned sink to the bottom has caused a drag on revenues in one of the league’s largest markets and has upset some other teams, sources said.
Yeah. It’d be a shame if the Sixers had to strive for mediocrity this season.