There’s a pretty negative connotation surrounding the word “tanking” in the majority of NBA circles. Most people seem to cast judgment upon teams that basically give up hope so that they can eventually have a better shot at grabbing a high draft pick.
However, tanking actually works out for the team that’s losing all of those games a lot of the times. Take a look at the 2011-2012 Golden State Warriors that were actively trying to lose games in the last third of the season and then wound up with the seventh pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. That pick turned out to be Harrison Barnes, who played a huge part in their surprising playoff run last season.
Despite the negativity that is cast upon a team that tanks, it can’t be worse than the negativity that’s already being cast on the Charlotte Bobcats. Considering their lack of success as an organization and the fact that they really need an influx of franchise-changing talent, the Bobcats should seriously consider tanking from the get-go in the 2013-2014 NBA season.
The first and most obvious thing that would do for Charlotte is that it would put them in fantastic position for the 2014 NBA Draft. By almost all accounts, the 2014 Draft is going to have a plethora of talent that can change the fortunes of an organization, like Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker. It’s a draft that teams undoubtedly want to be at the top of the lottery for.
Another benefit is that it would allow the Bobcats to do is develop their young talent. Instead of rolling out overpaid guys like Ben Gordon and Tyrus Thomas (assuming he doesn’t get amnestied) on the floor, they should play guys like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kemba Walker, Bismack Biyombo and the newly-drafted Cody Zeller to let those young players develop more for when they bring in more talent.
There are heavy and unkind perceptions that come with a team tanking, but the Bobcats are the joke of the NBA already. If they really want to do something to get out of the cellar of the league, tanking next season may, in fact, be their best option.