The Lakers' Pyrrhic Victory Lays Bare The NBA's Flawed Incentives

With the game tied 111-111 with 0.7 seconds left in overtime, the Lakers' Jordan Clarkson made a layup to defeat the 76ers. Clarkson was the 46th pick in the draft, sandwiched between two guys named Dwight Powell and Russ Smith. Both Powell and Smith have already been traded—in Powell's case three times—and have… » 3/31/15 12:26am Yesterday 12:26am

In "A Whole New Low," Buffalo Fans Cheer Sabres' Loss

Above is video of Sam Gagner's overtime goal to put the Coyotes over the Sabres. The game was in Buffalo, yet the crowd cheered the Arizona winner. Cheered loudly, and spontaneously, to the point where if you're not a hockey fan, you might wonder if Coyotes fans travel particularly well. (They do not. And if Yotes… » 3/27/15 9:15am Friday 9:15am

The Nuggets Are Now Shamelessly Tanking

The Denver Nuggets, once one of the biggest disasters of the 2015 NBA season, have been playing a downright competent brand of basketball since old crankster Brian Shaw was jettisoned from the bench. They are 6-2 since firing Shaw, and last night they beat the Pelicans in double overtime despite catching a 36-point,… » 3/16/15 5:21pm 3/16/15 5:21pm

At Long Last The 76ers Accept That, Yes, It's Finally Time To Rebuild

You can imagine the bittersweet mixture of sadness, gratitude, and relief 76ers fans must be feeling this evening. Today, in a flurry of moves executed just before the NBA's annual trading deadline, general manager and president of basketball operations Sam Hinkie finally pulled the plug on a beloved but aging core of… » 2/19/15 10:23pm 2/19/15 10:23pm

Why Do NBA Teams Tank So Damn Much? 

Time for your weekly edition of the Deadspin Funbag. Got something on your mind? Email the Funbag. Today, we're covering texting hours, petsitter porn, cyberattacks, and more. » 12/23/14 4:00pm 12/23/14 4:00pm

76ers Get First Win, Are Still A Cynical And Indescribably Awful Fraud

The Philadelphia 76ers managed to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves last night, bringing their season record to 1-17 and avoiding tying the record for most consecutive losses to start a season. They remain the grossest team in the NBA. » 12/04/14 9:34am 12/04/14 9:34am

K.J. McDaniels's Mom Is Sick And Tired Of The Sixers Tanking

The tanking-ass Sixers are gross and bad, and this fact has not gone unnoticed by Sixers guard K.J. McDaniels's mom. Recently, she took to Twitter to let people know that she does not appreciate the Sixers' bullshit. » 11/21/14 12:38pm 11/21/14 12:38pm

The Philadelphia 76ers Are A Godless Abomination

You almost certainly missed it over the weekend, but the Philadelphia 76ers made a big addition to their roster, scooping up free-agent forward Robert Covington. If you've never heard of Robert Covington, that's because he's an undrafted second-year player who had previously seen the floor in just seven NBA games, and… » 11/18/14 4:17pm 11/18/14 4:17pm

Michael Carter-Williams, Professed Non-Tanker, Tanks

The 76ers are a sorry excuse for a professional sports franchise. Last season they had the second worst record in the league. During the draft this offseason they had two top-12 picks, and chose to take a guy that has a season-long injury and a guy that is going to play in Europe this year. They've yet to win a game… » 11/13/14 11:59pm 11/13/14 11:59pm

NBA Shockingly Votes Against Anti-Tanking Measures

Today's vote on a proposal to re-weight the NBA draft lottery to discourage tanking was expected to pass with near-universal support. Instead, it fell hard, receiving only 17 of the 23 necessary votes for adoption. The 76ers' Tankapalooza is back on! » 10/22/14 11:27am 10/22/14 11:27am

76ers Ask NBA To Delay Anti-Tanking Measures Until They're Done Tanking

A couple weeks back, it was reported that the NBA was attempting to push through changes to its draft lottery system: a re-weighting of the odds that would discourage tanking. The Philadelphia 76ers would reportedly like the NBA to hold on a sec, because they're not finished being terrible. » 7/30/14 2:47pm 7/30/14 2:47pm

Sad NBA Promotion: Bucks Send Ping Pong Balls To Fans

I don't think I understand this. The Milwaukee Bucks, who finished with the worst record in the NBA this season, sent these ping pong balls to a select group of fans because...something. » 5/12/14 12:39pm 5/12/14 12:39pm

Adam Silver Denies That NBA Teams Are Tanking

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver does not believe his league's worst teams are losing intentionally. He believes they're just so bad that they can't help themselves. » 3/14/14 10:44am 3/14/14 10:44am

Proposed Overhaul Of The NBA Draft Would Eliminate Tanking

Tired of the way the NBA draft lottery incentivizes tanking and fills the league with crappy teams slogging through crappy seasons, hoping to grab a No. 1 pick? Well, salvation may be at hand. Look upon The Wheel, and rejoice. » 12/23/13 10:34am 12/23/13 10:34am

Get Hourly Updates On Which NBA Team Is Tanking The Best

For fans of shitty NBA teams, the 2013 season is about little more than which team can manage to suck the hardest for a chance to draft Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker. Thankfully for those fans, TankingForWiggins.com exists. » 12/17/13 5:34pm 12/17/13 5:34pm

Mike Krzyzewski Thinks Tanking NBA Teams Are Un-American

Someone asked Mick Krizilonski what he thought about NBA teams potentially tanking the season in order to get a better shot at drafting someone like Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins. His response was peak Coach K. » 11/13/13 2:27pm 11/13/13 2:27pm