If a draft is about building franchises, why should successful franchises benefit from one fluke bad season? Why should franchises that have struggled to contend ever have a worse draft position than teams who regularly enjoy success? The league wants parity, competition and to prevent dynastic have's and have nots. So why is last seasons record the primary determinant of a teams draft position? In today's world of advanced statistics, we should factor in how successful a franchise is historically and how recently they won the lottery.
Here are some simple rule changes that would dramatically improve the nba's draft:
1) No nba champion can draft in the top 10 within a decade of their title.
2). No conference champion can draft in the top 10 within five years.
3) No team that played in the Conference Finals can draft in the top 5 for five years.
4) Any team that drafts #1 cannot draft in the top 3 for three years
5) Any team that drafts #2 cannot draft in the top 3 for two years
6). Any team that drafts #3 cannot draft in the top 3 for one year.
So if these rules were implemented today, the following NBA champs would be denied a top 10 draft pick:
Spurs: thru 2024
Heat: thru 2023
Mavs: thru 2021
Celtics: thru 2018
Okc: thru 2017
These teams would be denied a top 5 draft pick:
And these teams would be denied a top 3 pick:
New Orleans: 2015
Caveats: The NBA could remove these restrictions if all starters from championship teams were no longer on the team. These restrictions are removed in years where parity is achieved.