Adam Silver has said that he does not believe that tanking exists in the NBA, according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.
Washburn tweeted a series of quotes from the new commissioner of the NBA today and among them were his thoughts on teams deliberately trying to lose for draft picks.
"There's an awful lot of chatter out there and I continue to hear the 'T' word. So I think it's my obligation to address it. I don't think that's going on anywhere in the NBA and I would take action immediately if I thought it was." Silver said.
There are currently 15 out of the 30 teams in the NBA below .500 and the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers and Orlando Magic have all failed to win 20 games so far this season.
Silver also said: "There is genuine, appropriate rebuilding in this league but at the same time some teams are better managed than others."
The NBA introduced the draft lottery system in 1985 in order to make a balanced way to designate the number one pick among the weaker teams. However there have been repeated whispers around the league that certain teams are attempting to throw this current season away in an attempt to secure a young talent in the draft.
This situation has become worse because of the perceived talent that is available in this years' draft class.
It is not clear what Silver exactly means by 'take action' but it appears that he would consider drastically changing the draft process to eliminate tanking, should he feel that it was creeping into the league at a later date.
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