The NBA Draft Lottery creates much drama and controversy around the league. Many teams are accused of tanking each year in order to have the best chance to draft the world's best basketball prospect.
Some have even accused the league of fixing the draft order by playing favorites with the top storyline. LeBron James to the hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, Derrick Rose to the hometown Chicago Bulls, John Wall to the Wizards after the touching story of their lost owner, and other teams were rewarded with the top pick honor with what seems to be the most drama-filled story at the time.
To solve the once successful mode of creating a fair balance, many analysts and columnists have come up with varying solutions. Some have suggested in getting rid of the lottery or putting all NBA teams in the lottery race. Others have suggested that the league should reward teams with good records in order to motivate the teams to compete at a high level every year.
However, no one wants a team like the Miami Heat to have even the slight chance of obtaining a draft prospect of Anthony Davis' caliber and rewarding the league's best teams might be a parade for the top-market teams with the highest payrolls, which often translates into wins.
There's a solution that has not been brought up yet, and no one will probably will ever even consider such method.
Like every professional sports draft, the top five players coming into the league are generally agreed upon. Usually there are consensus top-five prospects that the league, analysts and the general population consider.
Here is the suggestion. The bottom five teams will have the rights to the top-five prospects, and the players will choose which team they would like to join. Of course, the players would have their own lottery to pick the order that they pick their teams, and the chances of the players getting their desired order will be based upon their draft stock. The other "lottery" teams would proceed with the original lottery or have the draft order in accordance to their season record.
Why would this work?
Just like how a team with Kevin Durant wouldn't draft a guy like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, a player like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist wouldn't necessary favor the team with a guy like Kevin Durant playing at his position.
Teams with the worst records like the Charlotte Bobcats wouldn't necessarily be the most attractive spot for a player like Anthony Davis, who is considered the best player in the draft. Because of that idea, a team like the Bobcats would try everything to make their destination attractive by acquiring more talent or by winning more than seven games in the entire season.
It's a crazy idea and may not make sense to anyone but myself. However, it does solve an issue that the league has. It certainly would stir up a lot of drama, and I've already got a name for the highly anticipated event.
"The Decision: NBA 2012"
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