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A real fix for the nba draft (lottery)

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

Lakers:thru 2020

Celtics: thru 2018

Okc: thru 2017

These teams would be denied a top 5 draft pick:

Magic:2015

Suns: 2015

Bulls:2016

Grizz:2018

Pacers:2019

And these teams would be denied a top 3 pick:

Cavs:2017

Bucks: 2016

New Orleans: 2015

Magic: 2015

76ers: 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.

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