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ESPN: Thoughts on tanking

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I have felt tanking is misrepresented on this site by both fans and Dave (Yes, I know Dave is also a fan). Tanking is something done by the GM, not some mandate to the players to lose games. Think OKC playing Durant at PG so they could be bad enough to get Westbrook.Or the Spurs not trying to fix glaring holes when Robinson went down so they could Timmy Defense. Basically, you have someone construct a roster with some glaring holes so the team has a finite ceiling (like the Blazers no post offense / no post defense team last year. No amount of perimeter play will make a team like that into a contender), then you get a good draft pick, possibly repeat, until you are ready to contend. Then you fix the glaring holes you intentionally created (for example, Neil Olshey's statement that last year's horrible bench was intentional. Doesn't that seem suspiciously like tanking?), and hopefully you end up with a contender. You can tinker with pieces here and there but the lottery is where the majority of teams create the chance to contend

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