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  1. Haha. You guys hate salary cap? Alright. Let's take a look at team revenues last year: NYK is at the top with 426M$, and Bucks are dead last with 179M$ (76ers second to last at 185M$). @miasma16 Please, tell me the scenario where these two teams can both be competitive at any level, without a salary cap system. You may get lucky at the draft, but you can bet your a** your star player will go to a richer team the moment they are eligible to do so, which means kissing Giannis goodbye before he even enters his prime. Let's assume Bucks have a 100M$ budget, while NYK has 200M$. Bucks pay Giannis 70M$ to stay at their team. Congrats, now they have 30M$ to create their championship caliber team to compete with NYK, which has 2 superstars and three more allstars. If anything, the cap levels the playing field for every team, and the NBA has a soft-cap anyway. If you only have a cap and no max contracts, you'll see what many players do these days: Taking a pay cut to play in a winning team. The NBA salary constitutes a small part of their income for guys like LeBron or RW, and winning is still more important. Superteams will form regardless. Players have already seen that it is a winning formula. I agree with @thezing1 in that a star player in the NBA can change the fate of a franchise very quickly. Because of this reason, tanking for the draft will always be a viable strategy in the NBA. That won't change unless their revenues start decreasing drastically because people don't want to watch their pointless games anymore, or the NBA starts relegating worst teams to a lower division.
  2. Lol guys. The league will never consist of 30 contenders. There is no league in the world where every team competes for the championship, from the bottom to the top. It's just normal that some teams are stronger than others. The competitive spirit in the NBA is gone, just because the NBA wants to give every team a chance to be a contender in 2-3 years, and wants the worst teams to have a much better chance. The problem of tanking has nothing to do with the salary cap. Cap could be the reason why you're not getting the star player you aimed for, I can understand that. However, tanking only occurs because the NBA does not punish teams for doing it, which makes it a viable strategy for rebuild. Mediocrity does not have to turn into tanking. If you penalise the worst 1-2 teams by sending them to a lower division, you'll never see 9-10 teams ever tanking again in a season. As a viewer, all I ask for is a league where I can watch games in which both teams want to win. Not even looking for close games or anything. Trying to win is sufficient. And NBA does not give you that, at least in half of the games. In any decent major league outside the US, you get suspended and likely go to jail for intentionally trying to lose. In the US, they reward you for it. This is the problem.
  3. You mean every major sports league in the US, not the world. I didn't see anyone advocating random assignment. Rewarding the bottom half with roughly equal probabilities would alleviate the issue, but would not solve it. I think the main problem is that there is currently no incentive for mediocre teams to play. In any decent football league (soccer), worst performing teams fall to the division below, and new teams come up. Unless the NBA does penalise worst teams in a similar way, I just don't see how the NBA will make more than half of their games worth watching (read: both teams actually trying to win).
  4. Obviously it's deeper. But any system that encourages losing is bad. As someone stated earlier, when individuals do this, they go to jail. In the NBA, when teams intentionally try to lose, they get rewarded. It hurts the overall product. At any given night, fewer and fewer games are watchable since these teams are playing in at least half of the games (If we assume roughly 1/3 of the league is tanking, probability of two non-tanking opponents on any given game: 2/3 * 2/3 = 4/9 = %44.5). I think the only long-term solution is to have a sub-NBA league, where 2 teams in the bottom of the standings exchange places with the champion/runner up of the sub league every year. I think the teams in the bottom half of the standings should still get higher picks, but the probabilities should be less favourable for worst teams. NBA took a step to do this for next year's draft, and while I don't think it's enough, it's a start. If all tanking teams were actually trying to win, they would still likely be in the bottom, hence still get the top picks. However, the overall quality of the league would be much higher.
  5. I don't think this is merely an outlier in terms of statistics. The league is evolving into super-teams with multiple all-stars, which means the bad teams (1/3 of the league) will likely remain bad for the time being. Although they may have slightly less incentive to tank with the change in the draft probabilities. And part of the injuries is because the league gave the teams less time to prepare and cut short the pre-season, resulting in a high number of leg injuries to start the season. Unless they reduce the number of games, I don't think rest/injuries will get better next year.
  6. End of Season Fantasy Awards 2018

    That's actually much, much better. The season is over, and Kawhi is still in limbo. He unnecessarily took a roster spot all year because of the lack of transparency and information, you couldn't simply drop him. Bynum's situation was much more clear: He had a setback due to bowling, in November he was declared "out indefinitely". Worst case you'd move on from him by the end of February, where they declared that his knees degenerated, not affecting fantasy playoffs at all.
  7. Again, let's talk about numbers, instead of blanket statements. This year is really, really bad with injuries, as evidenced by my previous link. Perhaps due to the shortening of the pre-season (to stretch the season by a week), more players got injured. On top of this, I think the missed games are partly due to phantom injury problem (Tyreke Evans situation for example). Teams list rest days as injuries so that they do not get fined. With regards to tanking, let's take a look at this: This year will probably see 9 teams below 30 wins. This never happened before. This year is the worst year in the history of the NBA in terms of tanking. When you put these two things together (injury + tanking), H2H has been pretty much unplayable. Sure, NBA addressed the tanking problem somewhat by changing the draft probabilities from 2019 draft onwards (worst 3 gets the same chance), but the effect of that remains to be seen with this many horrible teams.
  8. You sound like you're just talking out of your memory or have just started playing this year. The news link below was reported at Mid-February, before the recent slew of injuries happened to players, now the situation may be even worse. I do not have the latest data (since it's paid membership), would be happy if somebody shared. The real/fake injuries that happened this year made it very difficult for everyone. Hence people are looking for ways to involve less luck in fantasy. CSB's are nice but useless, let's take a look at objective data. For example: That echoes the research of injury tracker Jeff Stotts of, who noted in late January that the NBA reached 3,000 games lost due to injury about a month faster than it did last season. Their prediction at the time was that this year would have %50 more games missed than last year. That is a lot.
  9. I think that was a sarcastic comment.
  10. Donovan Mitchell 2017-18 Season Outlook

    Not necessarily. Kemba and Mitchell have virtually the same FG% on the season, and Kemba is ranked #18. It's not hard to see Mitchell averaging close to 25 PPG next year, with 4+ rebs and 4+ ast, 1.5+ steals, and close to 3 3pt/game. That's second round.
  11. Gary Harris 2017-2018 Season Outlook

    There's a third alternative, and it works wonders on annoying guys like you Rivalries are the fun part of a league. If you don't want a certain person to win, you can collect as many studs with short term injuries as possible in your team, because you can. You're in loser bracket anyway, so who cares if they come back or not? You guys gotta stop expecting everything on a silver plate and chill lol
  12. LaMarcus Aldridge 2017-2018 Season Outlook

    Well he did choke when it mattered to me. Not to you perhaps
  13. Waiver Wire Touts - Playoffs

    I think any statements regarding Len's future or upside at this point are pretty much in vain, as the season is almost over, and he hasn't shown any consistency. But you may get lucky and get a couple good games out of him.
  14. Myles Turner 2017-2018 Season Outlook

    His per-game ranking (41, 9-cat) is a round better than Mitchell, Barton, Adams, Enes, J-Rich, AG, Ingles, all must-own guys if healthy. I never owned him, I'm just here to enjoy the whole drop city saga about this guy
  15. Myles Turner 2017-2018 Season Outlook

    No.14 in the last two weeks, including an injury-plagued dud. Where are the drop city guys?