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Lou Nolan for Flyers Hall of Fame , NJ • United States • 66 Years Old • Male
I will preface this by saying that, had the Flyers not been the worst team and yet lost out on the top pick, I would not bother to even attempt to find a better method of conducting the Draft Lottery... Also, in this case, it is no major problem in being #2 as opposed to #1. That said:

I understand the reason behind the lottery... since 'tanking' games to obtain a major player in the draft is a real possibility, and should not be allowed to happen. However, the manner it is currently being done is just flat out wrong, IMHO.

Instead of ranking the teams and then having a weighted ping-pong lottery and moving the winning team up to a maximum of four spots, I suggest that they rank the teams up by the fewest points in the final standings on up... Weigh the lottery balls in conjuntion with the point differential -- while a team may tank games if close to the bottom, chances are that there would be no major amount 'throwing' of games over an entire season; it would not be tolerated by the fans nor anyone else -- Then have a certain amount of points detracted from a team's final total if they win the lottery... In this way a team may still move up to gain the top pick but the better the team, the harder it would be to hop over all the teams worse than they are, to accomplish it.

In the most recent case, Chicago may not have been able to move up enough but Phoenx and LA may well have... In cases where the point differntial is so great, it is just wrong to disregard the great gaps that may be involved between the lower situated teams.

There would, of course, have to be a study to determine the best way to weigh the balls and how many points the winner would have deducted from their season total.
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April 11, 2007 4:36 PM ET | Delete
The potential problem with your idea is that in a season where the bottom 10 teams are close to each other than normal a team with even further back than 5th could end up with the 1st overall pick.
April 11, 2007 4:46 PM ET | Delete
There would still be a cut off position, such as the present fifth spot, or another position which would be chosen after the study... I'm sorry to have inadvertantly omitted this point in my post.
April 11, 2007 5:28 PM ET | Delete
I don't see why it would be a bad thing to have the 10th "worst" team get the 1st overall pick if there are 10 teams all clustered at the bottom. The point is to make bad teams better while not outright rewarding a bad season with a guaranteed 1st overall pick, and if some team A happens to only be 8 points better than the worst team in the league, but there are a huge cluster of teams within that 8 pont spread, then I don't see a point in capping it at how many "places" back you are. I think the points idea is brilliant and I wouldn't cap things at a number of spots. The points idea is great, the main problem is how to prevent a team tanking so horrifically bad as to ensure that they are "safely" below the possible lottery points from the 2nd worst team ;]Say the standings are:Team A 70 points...Team E 60 pointsTeam F 20 points (insane I know but we're talking edge cases anyway)Team F would basically be guaranteed the first pick unless you're weighting the lottery draw to 40 points, which is embarassingly huge. But I really like the idea of having things based more on points than on raw position.
April 11, 2007 7:38 PM ET | Delete
Okay, since we are brainstorming; what about taking the teams that miss the playoffs and take the 17th team's points [95] and the 30th's [56] and split down the middle [75.5]... the teams that make it is now, 7 teams[Phi/Pho/LA/Was/Edm/Chi/CBJ] Two more teams included. The numbers may be higher or lower some years I suppose, but in the years that have large groups clumped together, there should be better chance that more would make it... I would think.
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