Finally, the NBA has made some adjustments to their draft lottery odds and teams aren’t going to be rewarded for their mediocrity, but that new rules are bound to apply for the 2019 NBA Draft rather than this one.
So, with two-thirds of the season already in the books, most teams already know they’re either a lock to make the playoffs, that they’re going to have to make a late push to barely make them, or that there’s simply no way in hell that they can reach them.
Thus, those third group of teams is already planning ahead to the future, and that means trying to offload as many veterans as they can to let their young ballers develop and get another elite talent in this year’s draft.
Furthermore, some franchises seem reluctant to flat out the tank, but truth to be told, it would be the smartest and safest choice for them. Today, we’re going to let you know about the top 5 teams that should just tank the rest of the season.
Honorable Mention: Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks
5. Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic got off to a terrific start of the year but after being bitten by the injury bug, the team became a complete train wreck and currently sits at the 14th spot in the Eastern Conference, 12.5 games away of the last playoff spot.
Orlando lacks the talent to make a leap in the foreseeable future and they’ve already parted ways with Elfrid Payton, so they have to be desperate to make some noise in this offseason, trying to get a top 3 pick at least.
4. Sacramento Kings
The Sacramento Kings entered the season by signing a couple of veterans in George Hill, Zach Randolph and Vince Carter, and they’ve finally parted ways with Hill in order to let De’Aaron Fox handle all the playmaking duties for the squad, but Carter and ZBO are still getting minutes out of their young studs’ hands.
Sac-Town has always found hundreds of ways to shoot themselves in the feet and they’re scouting has been mediocre at best, but they could still make the most of the opportunity to get another top 5 talent in this year’s loaded NBA draft.
3. Dallas Mavericks
Mark Cuban has been fined 600.000 dollars for openly endorsing tanking this year with his team, stating to the media that he let them know that their best move for the future was just to lose the remaining matchups of the campaign in order to land a top-notch talent.
Truth to be told, he’s actually pretty right, with the Mavs stuck in mediocrity with a roster that lacks a top-tier talent for the post-Dirk Nowitzki era, and they’re not going to make the playoffs anyways in the West, currently tied for the league’s 2nd worst record with the Hawks.
2. New York Knicks
The New York Knicks were actually still trying to make the Playoffs before Kristaps Porzingis went down with a season-ending injury, so they should just buy out / sit their veterans and let the young ballers take the reins at the MSG.
Frank Ntilikina spent most of the year backing up Jarrett Jack, while other prospects like Kornet weren’t even getting playing time at all. The Knicks are 6.5 games out of the 8th spot in the East and 6 games out of the last spot, so they better start losing right now if they want to land a top 5 pick this draft.
1. Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls are in a very dangerous position right now, as this team has proven to be way more talented than everybody thought at the beginning of the campaign, and they just can’t afford to keep winning.
Chicago has already shut down Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant and Justin Holiday for the year and has trusted their young core to try and develop and be competitive, but truth to be told, they’d be better off flat out losing if they want to land a top 5 pick, with 7 teams currently owning a worse record than them.