Daryl Morey has been very vocal in recent weeks about the problem of tanking in the NBA.
Tanking is an issue in the NBA today. Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets, has been very vocally against it for a while now.
Thankfully, there were new rules implemented the other day that makes tanking harder than ever. Now, it is even harder for the worst team in the league to get the top pick in the draft. These rules will go into place during the 2019 NBA Draft.
Daryl Morey took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the matter.
Here is his tweet teasing tanking professional Sam Hinkie, formerly of the Philadelphia 76ers (and teasing the new draft reform as well):
@samhinkie tanking is solved
— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) September 28, 2017
RIP the Process.
The Rockets were one of the 28 teams to vote “yes” to the new rules. The Mavericks abstained from voting and the Thunder voted “no.”
Like previously stated, the new rules make it harder for the bad teams to get better picks. The updated lottery system gives the three worst teams a 14% chance each to get the No. 1 overall pick. Here are the rest of the updated percentages:
Here is an ESPN graphic on how NBA Draft lottery odds change in 2019 pic.twitter.com/Jk8X7q0J3Z
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 28, 2017
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This new system should help reduce tanking, at least a little bit. While the issue will likely never be solved (since it is so effective), this is a step in the right direction.
The new rules also touch on the resting of players. The new rules do not allow teams to rest healthy star players during nationally televised games or multiple stars during a regular season game. Adam Silver will have the power to decide and fine teams if it comes to that. I bet Gregg Popovich still doesn’t care. Check out this Bleacher Report article for more details about the new rules!
Daryl Morey’s other objections to tanking
Morey has been quite vocally against tanking. Here is one of his other tweets that shows his views:
— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) September 8, 2017
Here is the tweet he was referencing:
I strongly support efforts to reform the lottery to reduce incentives to create very bad teams. Wins are zero-sum but game quality isn't.
— Mike Zarren (@mikezarren) September 8, 2017
Daryl Morey is certainly an advocate of a draft reform. Will the new one fit his wishes?
What do you think about tanking? Is it just a part of the game, or is it ruining it?