Tanking on the Horizon?

#1
Fair to say the latest 5 game losing streak has close to sank most reasonable chances for playoff fun this year barring like a 9-game winning streak or better.

http://www.tankathon.com/pick_odds

Effective tanking probably means going something like 4-16 or 3-17 or so and hope several of the teams below them go close to .500. Head-to-heads against Wizards and OKC are extra.

At best (worst) it could mean mathematically landing around 5 or 6 off the bottom in league standing. 5 statistically would be the goal.

Of course who knows what will actually shake out - my guess is 7 or 8. But If the Kings can get to 5, wunderbar.
 
#3
Sitting 9th right now. Doubt we "tank" just yet. Looking at some of the teams in our range, going to say we finish 10th. Chicago is right above us tight now, but they qualify for the play in, so they'll try to push for wins.

We won't drop below anyone else for a better pick. We are a full 2 games ahead of getting a better pick right now.

That leaves NOLA, they are 1 game ahead of us in the standings and right now in the absolute meaningless position of 11th in the west. You can bank on us to take the most meaningless position in the west. 11th seed to get the worst possible lotto odds without making the play in. You'll probably hear of some meaningless wins ultra late in the season. But this "momentum" is good for the franchise rhetorc, if we could just go 7-3 in the last 10 games we could qualify for the play in etc.
 
#4
Sitti 9th right now. Doubt we "tank" just yet. Looking at some of the teams in our range, going to say we finish 10th. Chicago is right above us tight now, but they qualify for the play in, so they'll try to push for wins.

We won't drop below anyone else for a better pick. We are a full 2 games ahead of getting a better pick right now.

That leaves NOLA, they are 1 game ahead of us in the standings and right now in the absolute meaningless position of 11th in the west. You can bank on us to take the most meaningless position in the west. 11th seed to get the worst possible lotto odds without making the play in. You'll probably hear of some meaningless wins ultra late in the season. But this "momentum" is good for the franchise rhetorc, if we could just go 7-3 in the last 10 games we could qualify for the play in etc.
It will depend on head-to-head games between other lower teams as well as Kings and OKC and Wizards......Statistically #5 pick is worth alot more than #6,

If the Kings roll out at .400 or so, yeah they might get 8 or remain 9. Again #5 would be the best possible outcome for draft purposes. That would require losing most of the remaining games.
 
#8
Starters playing 40+ minutes as tanking teams tank even harder and locked in playoff teams give their guys maintenance? Perfect opportunity to run that record up and give the mirage of not being a total failure.
He could win every remaining game and there ain't an oasis in this desert.
 
#9
Starters playing 40+ minutes as tanking teams tank even harder and locked in playoff teams give their guys maintenance? Perfect opportunity to run that record up and give the mirage of not being a total failure.
Why, with that much confidence about how it’s going to go down, you’d think you’ve seen something like this happen before!
 
#10
Don't get too hyped. Mediocre is usually in the middle, not on the ends. And we know where this coach always seems to end up wherever he finds himself.
 
#12
If we can keep losing, not too hard rest some with our schedule coming up, have a shot to drop to 6th.

Amusing evening, don't even watch game, see Fox destroys, we lose Lin!

Don't Walton win a couple of cheapies down the stretch.
 
#16
Sitting 9th right now. Doubt we "tank" just yet. Looking at some of the teams in our range, going to say we finish 10th. Chicago is right above us tight now, but they qualify for the play in, so they'll try to push for wins.

We won't drop below anyone else for a better pick. We are a full 2 games ahead of getting a better pick right now.

That leaves NOLA, they are 1 game ahead of us in the standings and right now in the absolute meaningless position of 11th in the west. You can bank on us to take the most meaningless position in the west. 11th seed to get the worst possible lotto odds without making the play in. You'll probably hear of some meaningless wins ultra late in the season. But this "momentum" is good for the franchise rhetorc, if we could just go 7-3 in the last 10 games we could qualify for the play in etc.
good call and if the draft plays out like this in the west it could be another ugly year for us next year. We could well be fighting Houston as the worst team in the west first half of the season.

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