as in, more valuable than not making the playoffs and getting a sweet draft pick.
For example, just look at what playoff experience has gotten Houston, Golden State, OKC, and Indiana. Zero zilch, nada.
I get it that we fans like to see our teams in the playoffs, ownership likes to see it's teams in the playoffs, and the media likes to see teams in the playoffs. That's all well and good. But if fans really want to see their team get THE prize (aka championship ring), then I wish we'd skip saying that playoff experience is valuable because it just doesn't turn out to be true for the vast majority of teams in the NBA.