Last year was odd – really odd. The condensed, 66-game season kind of ruined things, didn't it?
Back-to-back-to-backs, 66 games in 123 days and 20-game months made the season virtually unplayable for some teams. Add in a hyped No. 1 overall pick in Anthony Davis and teams were drooling at the simple thought of finishing the season and getting to next year.
For all those teams that felt like they hit rock bottom last year, the draft was when their season might start. It was how they could spin that "hope" marketing campaign.
The Bobcats have a 25 percent shot at Anthony Davis in this year's NBA Lottery!
So to keep up that hope, to keep up that marketing, and even to execute a calculated strategy, teams tank. They lose intentionally and pray that will take them to the promise land.
NBA teams have to bottom out. A middling team isn't something you want to be in this league. Fighting for an eighth seed, always in contention fo You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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