Good News, Sixers Fans: Draft Lottery Reform Voted Down
The NBA’s owners have voted down NBA draft lottery reform, Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Reform would have punished teams like the Sixers that have and will spend several seasons at the bottom of the NBA in order to get multiple shots at top players.
Owners voted for the change, 17-13, but it needed 23 votes to pass.
It’s a shocking vote, as draft lottery reform was expected to pass easily, with only the Sixers and Thunder opposed. Just yesterday the Sixers had “given up” attempting to prevent lottery reform from passing.
There were several reform proposals under consideration. The one up for vote would have given the bottom four teams an equal shot at the No. 1 pick; in the worst-case scenario, a team that finished with the worst record overall could draft as low as 7th.
One glum GM tells Yahoo: "Well, we still have the 'Be as shitty as humanly possible' strategy available in future if we need it."
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) October 22, 2014
Teams decided to change their minds in order to submit the proposal for further study, per Wojnarowski.
[via CBS Philly]