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Funny, I was just thinking about ways to use the D-League to mitigate tanking. I like the expanded late-season roster idea. Not sure about the second provision for needless complexity reasons--it looks like a band-aid on a structural problem to me.
I'd like to hear arguments for/against making the D-League more like baseball's minor leagues, so that teams could develop players, call up injury replacements and give more players a shot at becoming the next Jeremy Lin, while also serving as a final stop for veterans who aren't performing at an NBA level, but can contribute maturity and bring fans in D-League cities to the arena.
Of course the NCAA would balk at this, but if recruits were coming out of college to minor league contracts instead of major league ones, they might choose to stay in school an extra few years and develop there.
2 years, 6 months ago on HoopIdea: Mitigating Tanking Through the D-League
@bingelistening I think the reward is definitely greater in the NBA because of the effect that one player can have in basketball vs. those other sports. Baseball players only come up once every 9 at-bats, and the good hitters only get a hit one out of three times they come up. Football players only play one side of the ball, with 10 other guys. One elite player makes less of a difference in both sports, hence the incentive to tank.