Report: NBA considering replacing draft lottery with 'wheel' system

Monday December 23rd, 2013

NBA draft (Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images) The Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2013 draft lottery. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images)

With tanking becoming such a big issue in the NBA, the league may float a proposal to owners sometime in 2014 to eliminate the draft lottery and replace it with a wheel system, according to Zach Lowe of

The proposal, which was submitted to the league by a team official, would give teams a set draft position every year.

Teams would draft in the top-6 every five seasons and have at least one top-12 pick in every four-year span.

The picture below details a team's choices for a 30-year period, beginning with the top pick and working clockwise.

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Mathis2 Top officials in the league office have expressed early opposition to the proposal, sources told Lowe, but it has intrigued some as a way to eliminate tanking, because a team's place in the standings would have no bearing on its draft position.

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