Report: 76ers want lottery changes to be delayed

Wednesday July 30th, 2014

The Philadelphia 76ers are objecting to the changes the NBA wants to institute to the draft lottery next season, Brian Windhorst of reports.

The NBA wants to balance the odds of teams in the lottery so the league’s worst squads won’t have the highest chance of winning the top pick.

Last season, the Milwaukee Bucks, who had the NBA’s worst record, had a 25 percent chance at winning the lottery, followed by Philadelphia 76ers (19.9%) and the Orlando Magic (15.6%).

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The Cleveland Cavaliers had a 1.9 percent chances of securing the top pick and won the lottery for the third time in the past four seasons. They selected Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins. Milwaukee choose Duke's Jabari Parker with the second pick. 

The 76ers dropped down to third and selected Wiggins’ college teammate, center Joel Embiid. 

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In a new format, the bottom five or six teams could have an equal chance. 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.

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