As we know, there is a structural flaw in the way teams receive their lottery chances... and a lack of reward in winning a championship.
In my opinion, the championship, and #1 overall draft pick should go together. Reward the team that does the best... in a tangible, team benefitting way.
So yes, this year, Miami should have draft rights to AD. OKC to the #2 and so on so forth. No lottery, no luck. The better you do, the higher your draft pick.
Yes maybe good teams will get better.
To counter this, when a team such as Cleveland or Toronto loses an all star to free agency, they are given compensation picks by Miami.. the number of which is determined by the tier of player lost, much like the system in place for baseball. Quantitatively determine the tier of a Lebron or KD, vs that of a Bosh. That way, the team that loses their player, benefits from the other team's success.
For example with Miami acquiring Bosh/Lebron.
Lebron = Tier 1 = Two years of first picks. (Mia's 2012 & 2013 1st pick)
Bosh = Tier 2 = 1 Yr of draft pick. (Mia's 2011 1st pick)
The player that signed first was Bosh. Last year, Miami finished second. Toronto gets the 2nd pick in the 2011 draft (Dallas would have gotten Kyrie.)
Lebron signed after. Miami won the title this year. Cavs get #1 pick i.e. Davis. As well as the pick equivalent of where Miami finishes next year.
And this is where OKC would have put their team together 'the right way'. Keeping high picks, and being competitive. While Miami could win as many titles, and not a high draft pick come their way.
I believe that this will make the league more competitive, encourage an even playing field, deter teams from forming overly superteams through FA, and most of all... eliminate the tanking mentality.
In my opinion, this problem needs to be remedied, even if not by the means I just mentioned.
Share your opinions!
Edit: Look, a championship team will attract free agents on the cheap. Look at Payton and Malone. Same thing with Mia. I for one, actually believe, that such teams may be more willing to part with their prospects (maybe not on a year when the next MJ is slated to arrive) because they are in compete mode. Not develop mode. So a rebuilding team could offer a competing team a package of established players for their rookie.
Just wanted to add, that most here are assuming that top pick will go to Mia or OKC or the Lakers.
What if was Dallas, or the Bulls, or San Antonio, or Boston got it? Clippers? Memphis?
Lets say Boston got #4 this year. And they wanted to push Mia... they could trade that #4 for veterans... they could take that gamble. So, it becomes an arms race at the top. Would Mia have to make similar moves with the only expendable asset they possess? It puts them in a situation to choose between current and future talent. And they could potentially offload their rookies to rebuilding teams for veterans to compete with Boston who just got 'right now' value for their #4.
And, because of the compensation system, when these rebuilding teams net a player of potential.. they can develop, AND keep him. Or her, if it's Bosh.