NBA Draft Wheel Simulator

See how your team might fare if the new NBA Draft Wheel system (outlined at Grantland) were to be implemented next year. Spin the wheel to see what pick your favorite NBA team would get.

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Draft Wheel Pick Order
  • 1
  • 30
  • 19
  • 18
  • 7
  • 6
  • 25
  • 23
  • 14
  • 11
  • 2
  • 29
  • 20
  • 17
  • 8
  • 5
  • 26
  • 22
  • 15
  • 10
  • 3
  • 28
  • 21
  • 16
  • 9
  • 4
  • 27
  • 24
  • 13
  • 12
  • 1

Quick Overview of the NBA Draft Wheel System

In an effort to help prevent tanking in the NBA, a new proposal for how to fix the NBA draft has been floated recently. Under this system, the NBA draft lottery would be eliminated entirely and be replaced by the NBA Draft Wheel, as seen above.

The NBA Draft Wheel outlines a specific order in which teams would pick, year in and year out. For instance, if you have the #1 pick this year, you would have the #30 pick the following year and the #19 the year after. Forcing teams to stick to this specific draft order would guarantee that every team would have:

  • #1 pick every thirty years
  • A top 6 pick every five years
  • back to back top 12 picks every five years

Proponents of this system point to the parity that it would create, similar to that of the NFL. Opponents of this system point to the fact that the Miami Heat, coming off 2 championships and 3 finals appearances in 3 years, would very likely have a top 6 pick either this year or next year.

More information is available at Grantland.