jbk1234 wrote:Dr Aki wrote:jbk1234 wrote:
The Lakers and Celtics traded for those picks.
Giving really bad teams no credible way to get better would destroy the league in a decade. Rebuilding and the lottery offers hope. People aren't going to pay to watch ten to twelve teams as bad as the Nets year in and year out. For that reason alone, it will never happen.
There's a reason the league has Stepien rule and that's because Ted Stepien almost bankrupted the Cavs with his stupidity (he was responsible for the Worthy trade). As a condition to buying the Cavs, the Gund brothers insisted on getting 1st round picks. The league said yes because there were no other buyers. Fans aren't going to pay to watch really bad teams who have no hope of getting better.
yeh, because of good and conversely bad management and gambling to get stars, not because of the system of talent distribution
the issue discussed here is about teams losing intentionally, or otherwise, to get a higher draft pick and it's flow-on effect, the inability of at least half the teams in the NBA year-in-year-old to not able to land a superstar on their team, because superstar talent is so sparse
time and time again, it's shown that while it's high lottery picks responsible for most win shares, it's good team and roster management that results in contenders
the current system rewards losing, if you want talent, losing is your only option sometimes
or maybe, get a competent front office that can team build without having the crutch to lean on that is the lottery
I'm on board with giving the team with the worst record the 4th pick automatically. That will at least stop teams from deliberately being the worst team in the league. But that's as far as I'd go.
If your team flat out sucks, sometimes you don't have an option. Good FAs don't sign with bad teams. If you're not getting better through the draft, your only avenue is a trade. If you don't have any players that other teams value, then you really don't have any options. Is Sean Marks a good GM or a bad GM? How would you know? He has no picks and no players other teams really want. So far all he's been able to do is offer RFAs 140% of their market value and those offers have been matched.
that's the nets and billy king's fault that they're in this mess
sean mark's only option to try to convince FAs to sign a value contract, wait out this mess until the nets have picks again, and get a proper scout division that rivals the spurs,
without the lottery, he'd be forced to do more, which funnily is what he's being asked to do right now
maybe you prevent teams from trading picks more than 2 years into the future, limit their mistakes (like the stepien rule), or maybe you guarantee the position and value of picks in advance so that teams can scout appropriately and don't feel like they have to be bad in order to land talent