Incremental progress on NBA tanking is still progress
Back in 2014, as Sam Hinkie deftly built a franchise based upon the power of losing, the NBA considered reforming its draft lottery in a major way. Every non-playoff team would have a shot at the No. 1 pick, and a good shot at a top-5 pick. There would have been less incentive to be truly bad as the odds evened out among the lottery teams.