The Philadelphia 76ers aren't too happy right about now. The side are in a "re-building phase" right now - otherwise known as super tank mode - and are currently doing their absolute best to make sure they are the worst team in the NBA next season.
But those pesky officials over at the National Basketball Association aren't massive fans of the current way the draft lottery awards teams that lose on purpose the best players and wants to make the whole process a bit more even and competitive.
Lottery-reform measures were introduced earlier this month at league meetings in Las Vegas, and the NBA Board of Governors could vote changes into place at its preseason meeting in October. Although there are bits of the proposal to be decided, it is thought that Adam Silver's main aim in all this is to balance out the lottery odds so the worst team or teams wouldn't have the highest chances of landing the top pick
In the current system, the team with the worst record in the NBA has a 25 percent chance of landing the top pick and the team with the fifth-worst record has an 8.8 percent chance of winning it. In the rumoured new format, the bottom six teams or so will stand an equal chance.
The 76ers want to block this move for as long as possible, but according to ESPN they won't be getting anywhere near the amount of support that they are hoping.
"The 76ers, however, may struggle to gain support from Silver or fellow teams for holding off on the changes. Philadelphia's planned sink to the bottom has caused a drag on revenues in one of the league's largest markets and has upset some other teams, sources said."
Philadelphia are certain to have a god-awful season in 2014/15. Their two draft picks, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, won't be featuring at all due to injury and playing in Europe respectively, and Philly look set to be even worse than the 19 win, 63 loss campaign they had last time around.
But the NBA and Commissioner Silver want to stop teams like the Sixers tanking and try and make them actually compete in the league, it's just a shame that the team's higher ups aren't as bothered.