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04-29-2013, 09:36 PM
Garbo is coming
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I can understand the sentiment, but I think most teams still try to win games, and a a very few examples of futility cloud our thoughts.
That's not the only reason.
I think it's absurd that a team, once mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, is quite literally punished for winning.
It would also, IMO, cause #1 picks to be more spread out among the teams. A team that finishes last is probably several pieces away from competing - and they're probably in the position they are in because of incompetent roster building and/or poor coaching. And they get bailed out with the best player in a draft year. Meanwhile, a team that finishes just out of the playoffs who adds a #1 pick could very easily be a playoff team the next year. (And obviously, using a random distribution, even if you had the same 14 non-playoff teams the chance of the same team getting #1 two years in a row would be less than 10%).
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