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NBA Approves Draft Lottery Reform

Sep 28, 2017 4:52 PM

The NBA Board of Governors have voted to pass draft lottery reform legislation.

The NBA draft lottery reform passed 28-1-1 vote, with the Oklahoma City Thunder voting against and Dallas Mavericks abstaining.

The three teams with the worst records will share a 14 percent chance of getting the No. 1 overall pick, a change from the descending percentages of 25, 19.9, and 15.6 in the current system. 

There was some hesitancy on the plan from small market teams.

The changes will take effect for the 2019 lottery.

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NBA Pursuing Lottery Reform Due To Fan Feedback On Tanking

Sep 21, 2017 11:59 AM

According to president of league operations Byron Spruell, "many fans continue to say that tanking is making them less interested in the league" and that is why they're pursuing lottery reform.

There will likely be a vote on lottery reform on Sept. 28 at the NBA's Board of Governors meeting.

The league needs 24 out of 30 teams to approve the new rules, which would begin in 2019.

"We are proposing that teams can no longer target finishing positions at the bottom, with a marginal difference in each seed from there on," Spruell told ESPN. "We need to continue to focus on competitive play and owe it to our fans and business partners to do that. It's the right time to take action."

Adam Silver believes draft lottery reform and new rules on resting players is critical for the perception of the NBA.

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Board Of Governors To Vote On New Lottery System, Fines For Resting Players

Sep 15, 2017 11:47 AM

The competition committee of the NBA has recommended proposals on draft lottery reform and for the resting of players.

Adam Silver has sought solutions to teams tanking and resting players in nationally televised games.

The NBA's proposed changes to the system would begin with the 2019 draft and include a smoothing-out of odds among the league's worst teams. Under the new plan, those teams would each have a 14 percent chance.

In the proposed resting legislation, Silver will have the discretionary ability to fine teams for resting players in several instances. Teams will be encouraged to rest players for home games instead of away games.

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New Lottery Proposal Won't Start Before 2019

Sep 11, 2017 10:46 AM

The NBA's competition committee will meet this week to discuss lottery reform. The proposal has three main elements.

- The three highest lottery seeds would each be allocated 14% odds to win the lottery, compared to the 25%, 19.9% and 15.6% for those three teams in the current lottery system. The odds for the remaining lottery teams will decrease more smoothly.

- The lottery will determine four picks instead of three.

- The new lottery system wouldn't start until the 2019 draft.

The proposal could be voted upon by the owners in September.

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NBA Pushing For Lottery Reform

Sep 7, 2017 4:30 PM

The NBA is aggressively pursuing lottery reform that could take effect for the 17-18 season.

Adam Silver is a strong advocate to de-incentivize tanking by implementing lower odds on the NBA's worst teams to gain the top picks in the draft.

The proposed measures would also increase the chances of better teams making a jump up into the draft lottery.

The team with the worst record can drop no lower than No. 4 from No. 1, but the NBA's currently proposed legislation could allow that team to drop from first to fifth in the lottery.

The NBA would also flatten the odds for the top-3 teams.

Small market teams could vote against the measures since it will become even more difficult for them to acquire star-level players through the draft.

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Porter, Bagley, Ayton, Doncic Comprise Top-4 Of ESPN's First 2018 Mock Draft

Aug 16, 2017 10:19 AM

Michael Porter, Marvin Bagley, DeAndre Ayton and Luka Doncic comprise the top-4 of the first mock draft from Jonathan Givony of ESPN for 2018.

Porter is a multi-talented, highly athletic combo forward.

Bagley reclassified to the incoming freshman class of 2017 and will attend Duke.

Doncic has been widely considered a potential top overall pick but scouts have concerns on whether he is athletic enough to defend his position as well as create his own shot.

1. Michael Porter
2. Marvin Bagley
3. DeAndre Ayton
4. Luka Doncic
5. Robert Williams
6. Miles Bridges
7. Mohamed Bamba
8. Collin Sexton
9. Jaren Jackson
10. Wendell Carter
11. Trevon Duval
12. Bruce Brown
13. Lonnie Walker
14. Mitchell Robinson
15. Justin Jackson
16. Dzanan Musa
17. Troy Brown
18. Hamidou Diallo
19. Mikal Bridges
20. Chimezie Metu
21. Rodions Kurucs
22. Nick Richards
23. Shake Milton
24. Grayson Allen
25. Isaac Bonga
26. De'Anthony Melton
27. Austin Wiley
28. Tyus Battle
29. Brandon McCoy
30. Andrew Jones

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Marvin Bagley Commits to Duke

Aug 14, 2017 11:35 PM

Marvin Bagley has announced he will attend Duke.

Bagley was the top player in the incoming class of 2018 before reclassifying for 2017.

The Blue Devils already had Trevon Duval, Wendell Carter and Gary Trent Jr. as part of their incoming class.

Bagley is expected to be one of the top selections in the 2018 NBA Draft.

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Jontay Porter Reclassifies To Join Missouri For 17-18

Aug 10, 2017 12:10 AM

Jontay Porter will reclassify for the class of 2018 to join his brother, Michael Porter Jr., at Missouri.

The Porters' father, Michael Porter Sr., is an assistant coach at Missouri.

"This is going to be a special year for Mizzou basketball, and I couldn't pass up on this opportunity to be a part of it," Jontay Porter told ESPN on Wednesday. "Playing with Michael was definitely one of the most attractive things about reclassifying. Every team we've played on together has had major success, so hopefully that trend continues."

There is little more than a year in age difference between the brothers.

Jontay Porter was the 10th ranked player in the incoming class of 2018.

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NBA Could Create New Rule Restricting Pick Swaps

Aug 3, 2017 7:20 PM

The NBA has considered banning pick swaps between drafts in which a team already owes its pick to other teams.

The change in rules has been on the agenda of the competition committee but it has not yet been debated at length.

The Brooklyn Nets included a 2017 pick swap in their trade with the Boston Celtics that essentially saw them trade three consecutive first rounders.

The Stepien Rule prohibits teams from trading away first round picks in consecutive years.

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R.J. Barrett Reclassifies For Class Of 2018

Jul 31, 2017 12:39 PM

R.J. Barrett has reclassified for the class of 2018. Barrett was previously the top-ranked player in the class of 2018.

"After playing this summer I felt good where I am from a basketball standpoint," Barrett told ESPN.

Barrett is accelerating his college search.

"The schools that are have been on me the hardest are Arizona, Duke, Oregon, Kentucky, Michigan, Texas, UCLA and Kansas," Barrett said.

Recently Illinois, Indiana, Connecticut, USC and Michigan State have begun showing interest in Barrett.

Barrett will be in the draft class of 2019 if he stays one year in college.

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John Collins Used Summer League To Prove He Should Have Been Picked Higher
John Collins ranks second in Summer League in PER at 32.5.

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Marvin Bagley Considering Reclassifying For 2017 Freshman Class
Marvin Bagley is scheduled to visit Duke while he's also considering USC, Kentucky and Arizona.

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LaVar Ball Told Magic Johnson Pre-Draft 'It's Marketing'
During a critical pre-draft meeting with the Lakers, LaVar Ball spoke honestly to Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka about his intentions.

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Bulls Focused On Maximizing 2018 Lottery Odds
With the Bulls trading away Jimmy Butler, a source says the team is focused on getting a top-4 pick in next year's draft.

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NBA Execs Split On Michael Porter Jr., Luka Doncic As Top Prospect Of 2018
Michael Porter Jr. and Luka Doncic are expected to be the top two picks of the 2018 NBA Draft.

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Lakers Were Sold On Lonzo Ball After Private Workout, Meeting In Chino Hills
Lakers requested a second workout with Lonzo Ball at their practice facility, but agent Harrison Gaines insisted the team instead see a day in hins life.

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Lakers Offered Unprotected Future First To Teams Willing To Take Deng Or Mozgov
The Lakers signed Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng during the final offseason of the regime of Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss.

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ESPN's 2017 NBA Draft Coverage Up 13 Percent From 2016
ESPN was also competing against multiple live streams such as The Vertical.

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Bulls Sell No. 38 Pick To Warriors For $3.5M
The Bulls sold the pick that became Jordan Bell to the Warriors.

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Jazz Select Donovan Mitchell At No. 13, Trading Trey Lyles, No. 24 To Denver
Donovan Mitchell is a combo guard out of Louisville that plays well off the ball.

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Blazers Move Up To No. 10 With Kings To Select Zach Collins
The Kings traded Zach Collins to the Blazers for No. 15 and No. 20.

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Multiple Teams Interested In Trading Up For Josh Jackson
With Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball almost certainly going first and second, the draft will begin at No. 3 with the Celtics.

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Clippers Intend To Buy 2nd Round Pick
The Clippers don't own a single draft pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

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Knicks Would Like Top-4 Pick, Established Starter If They Trade Kristaps Porzingis
The Knicks are motivated to trade into the top-4 of the draft and Josh Jackson is believed to be their target.

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Mavs, Wolves Break Off Wesley Matthews For Ricky Rubio Talks
The Mavericks would have also moved up to No. 7.

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Celtics Interested In Trading Down To Target Dennis Smith Jr.
Danny Ainge and the Celtics are considering moving back in the draft again from No. 3.

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Kings Declined Lakers' Offer Of No. 2 For Nos. 5, 10
The Lakers would have packaged one of the two Kings' picks to the Pacers along with 27, 28 and salary cap filler for Paul George.

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Celtics Leaning Towards Jayson Tatum As Josh Jackson Still Declines Workout Invite
The Celtics have finally received the medicals of Josh Jackson, who they are considering picking at No. 3.

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Pacers Continue To Seek No. 2 Pick From Lakers For Paul George
The Lakers are offering Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, as well as picks No. 27 and No. 28 in Thursday's draft for Paul George.

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Celtics Interested In Trading For Kristaps Porzingis
The Knicks are said to be high on Josh Jackson in the draft and the Celtics own the third overall pick.

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