Originally Posted by Undisputed
The draft process works because you're giving the worst teams the best prospects. It would make no sense to give the best prospects in the draft to the good teams. How exactly would you like it to work?
The draft gives those teams that stuggle a chance to have a successful player and future. In each draft, there's only so many guys that will actually become a special talent. The draft is hit or miss. Another option teams have is to trade the draft picks for players already in the NBA. It's less lopsided to have the worst teams given the best talent from the draft than any other way.
Got a better way to do it? It's how things have work with sport drafts because it's really the only logical way to do it. A lot of those young players have gone to crappy places and made something of it. If they prove to be a dominant talent, teams will usually build on that. If a player turns out to be mediocre, then they're just as screwed as they were the previous seasons. It's not a reward, it's just fair.
Until that day, they need to just suck it up and stop complaining. The draft is what it is, no prospect should have the power to decide which city picks them. They know how the NBA works, if anything about it sounds unappealing, then don't join that league.
Think about this. Whenever a team that wasn't that bad to begin with gets the top pick, it's nothing but good things for the NBA. Examples: The Bulls draft Derrick Rose, the Magic use a high draft pick to draft Penny Hardaway, the Trail Blazers get Oden. Do any of these circumstances upset you?
I see nothing wrong with turning a decent team into a good/very good team via the draft, rather than allowing a mediocre GM to keep his job for 3 extra years under the guise of "building around their new top pick." Meanwhile, they're signing players like Baron Davis to huge, multi-year deals, burying their good young players on the bench, refusing to fire their much-maligned coach, etc.
So maybe the answer is to give every team except the leagues top-5 an equal chance at getting the top pick. This discourages tanking because top-5 teams will consider themselves contenders, and probably wouldn't intentionally lose just to have a 4 percent chance of getting the top pick.
Imagine a team like the Mavericks got the top pick? What's upsetting about that? Aren't you 100 times more psyched for next season if Blake Griffin is sharing a frontcourt with Dirk Nowitzki, rather than warming the bench while Mike Dunleavy plays Zack Randolph and Kaman?