NBA Teams Set to Tank Next Season for Shot at Andrew Wiggins

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NBA Teams Set to Tank Next Season for Shot at Andrew Wiggins
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Andrew Wiggins is the crown jewel of the 2014 draft class.

Canadian-born Andrew Wiggins is the best prospect to enter the league since LeBron James was picked first overall 10 years ago. With more hype than Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving, Wiggins is set to take the NBA by storm 12 months from now, and by all accounts, he will be the standard-bearer for the next generation of superstars.

In advance of Wiggins' arrival, several teams are already positioning themselves in order to get the best selection possible. And "positioning themselves" is merely a polite way of saying "ensuring that they earn as many chances in the draft lottery as possible."

Of course, having the worst record in the league only guarantees a 25 percent chance of landing the No. 1 pick, but having the best odds is far more appealing than having no odds at all. And while no team will openly admit to tanking, it's pretty obvious as to what a few franchises are preparing to do next season.

In contrast to popular opinion, however, the Boston Celtics are not among the teams who are opening preparing for Wiggins' arrival. With a decent rotation set to hit the floor in November, the Celtics could potentially finish third in the Atlantic Division.

And in the case of the Utah Jazz, there's a difference between tanking, and just being flat-out bad.

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