It appears that NBA teams out of the playoff race aren’t as focused on losing as many games as possible to improve their draft stock this season. It is still early but the rule change that flattened the lottery odds seems to have had the desired effect. After a 2017-18 campaign that saw as many as nine teams angling in a race to the bottom, this year only five teams have under a .400 winning percentage. And of those five worst teams, the Cavaliers, Suns, Bulls and Hawks have combined for a very respectable 22-25 record since the All-Star Break. While it isn’t possible to know the motivations of each franchise, does this mean the these new rules to deter tanking are actually working?
To help answer that question, Ben Golliver joins the latest episode of Fastbreak Breakfast. Ben co-hosts the Open Floor podcast and is a national NBA writer for the Washington Post. In addition to addressing the pleasant elimination of [most] tanking, the following issues are discussed:
- Which team (besides the Lakers, duh) jumping in the lottery would cause the most consternation and perhaps an outcry for the odds to be re-adjusted once again?
- Does the NBA’s 3-point contest need a major overhaul to reflect the new creativity and ability of modern shooters?
- Hide your ears Bucks fans: a scorching hot take on Mike Budenholzer maybe just being in the right place at the right time
- What are the best quick breakfasts in the regular NBA circuit of cities?
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