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“I thought it was pretty crazy that teams were doing that. But they’re saying this is going to be one of the toughest draft classes since 2003,” Indiana University star Noah Vonleh said.

That class produced LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony, so if this draft really is that good, it’s hard to blame any teams for trying to get to the top of it.

The fact that so many did has sparked new calls to change the lottery process so as to not invite tanking. Silver said it will be looked at over the summer, but as the lottery turns 30, there isn’t a perfect idea for how to run it.

“I think for us, we’ve got to make sure we understand whether there’s an aberration here because of the perception of a particular draft class, whether indeed there is a better way of do it,” Silver said, “because of course at the same time you want to properly align incentives, but the very purpose of the draft is to help the worst teams restock.”

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