New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The Philadelphia 76ers are objecting to the NBA’s plan to balance out the lottery odds by next season.
Based on the current system, the team with the worst record 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 a new format, seen as an anti-tanking measure, the bottom five or six teams could have an equal chance.
The NBA Board of Governors could vote changes into place at its preseason meeting in October.
Positioned to have one of the worst 2014-15 records in the league, the 76ers are hoping to get the NBA to delay the implementation for at least a year.
The 76ers’ lottery picks last month in injured center Joel Embiid and European prospect Dario Saric aren’t expected to contribute much this season. They also have been trying to trade their highest-paid and longest-tenured player, forward Thaddeus Young.