One game separates the 5 teams with the 4th worst record from the 8th worst. That one game could be the difference between a 37.8% chance on a top 3 pick and a 15.3% chance. It is the difference between an 11.9% chance at the top pick and a 4.4% chance.
Last season, there was a bigger won/loss spread at the bottom, with 5 games separating 4th from 8th.
This is a very strong draft, so all 8 should get good players, but the highest picks are seen to be clearly better. Embiid, Wiggins, Parker and maybe Exum are all potential stars. If scouting reports are accurate, there is a drop after those four.
One of those 5 teams between 4th and 8th worst has traded its pick, so the Knicks gain nothing by losing. But Boston, LA, Sacramento and Utah all could gain a lot from losing.
How concerned should league officials be about more blatant tanking than usual? Is this season's situation that much different than others? Can anything be done about it?