PER Diem: Mar. 3, 2009

With some teams out of the playoff mix, tanking could be the strategy of choice

Updated: March 4, 2009, 9:51 AM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

The lottery simulator is running, conference tournaments are getting ready to start and Chad Ford is sitting under a palm tree furiously updating his top 100.

That can mean only one thing: draft season is upon us. Unfortunately, draft season comes with its ugly sister: tanking season.

Tanking for the lottery has become something of an art in recent seasons, because most NBA franchises can quickly calculate that the difference between the first or second pick and the ones after ...

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