The San Antonio Spurs might not be impacted by the NBA’s new system for the draft lottery, but other teams will. The same can’t be said for the rest rules, though.
The San Antonio Spurs haven’t made a pick in the NBA Draft Lottery since 1997 — Tim Duncan, the No. 1 overall pick. They fell to the bottom of the league after multiple David Robinson injuries that led him to play just six games in the 1996-97 season.
Before and after this, the problem of teams “tanking” persisted. They put together subpar teams for the season, hope to fall to the bottom of the standings and make pick near the top of the next NBA Draft. The Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers were accused of this in recent seasons.
Well, the NBA will put an end to this soon — or at least limit it — according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The NBA ‘s Board of Governors passed a draft lottery reform system, which will begin in 2019.
The NBA's Board of Governors passed draft lottery reform today, league sources tell ESPN. New rules will start with 2019 Draft.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 28, 2017
The three teams with the worst records, starting with the 2018-19 season, will have a 14 percent chance of winning the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft. Four teams will be part of the “lottery draw,” which means the team with the worst record in the league can fall no lower than No. 5.
However, there was another part that will impact the Spurs. Resting rules were put into place in this new legislation. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver can fine teams for “resting players in several instances.” If healthy players get rested for a nationally televised game (ABC, ESPN, TNT), teams can face discipline, too.
With Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich known for resting players, it will be interesting to see how it impacts his in-season strategy. Will he go against the rules and take the fine? The NBA purposely limited back-to-back games this season, so let’s see if that changes anything.