NBA Tank Magic Numbers

2022-23 National Basketball Association Tank Magic Numbers

Tank Magic Numbers

Tank GP/R W L W%
WAS 60/22 9 51 .150 22   18 16 14 11 8 7 5 5 4 3
DET 60/22 9 51 .150   22 18 16 14 11 8 7 5 5 4 3
SAS 61/21 13 48 .213 NC NC   19 17 14 11 10 8 8 7 6 1 2
CHA 61/21 15 46 .245 NC NC NC   19 16 13 12 10 10 9 8 3 4 2 2 2 1 1 2 1
POR 59/23 17 42 .288 NC NC NC NC   20 17 16 14 14 13 12 7 8 6 6 6 5 5 6 5 4 4 1 1
MEM 61/21 20 41 .327 NC NC NC NC NC   18 17 15 15 14 13 8 9 7 7 7 6 6 7 6 5 5 2 1 2
TOR 61/21 23 38 .377 NC NC NC NC NC NC   20 18 18 17 16 11 12 10 10 10 9 9 10 9 8 8 5 4 5 2 2 2
BKN 60/22 24 36 .400 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC   20 20 19 18 13 14 12 12 12 11 11 12 11 10 10 7 6 7 4 4 4
HOU 60/22 26 34 .433 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 22   21 20 15 16 14 14 14 13 13 14 13 12 12 9 8 9 6 6 6
ATL 60/22 26 34 .433 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC   22 21 20 15 16 14 14 14 13 13 14 13 12 12 9 8 9 6 6 6
UTH 61/21 27 34 .442 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC   20 15 16 14 14 14 13 13 14 13 12 12 9 8 9 6 6 6
CHI 60/22 28 32 .466 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC   17 18 16 16 16 15 15 16 15 14 14 11 10 11 8 8 8 2
LAL 62/20 33 29 .532 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC   NC 19 19 19 18 18 19 18 17 17 14 13 14 11 11 11 5
GSW 60/22 32 28 .533 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 21   20 20 20 19 19 20 19 18 18 15 14 15 12 12 12 6
IND 62/20 34 28 .548 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC   20 20 19 19 20 19 18 18 15 14 15 12 12 12 6
DAL 61/21 34 27 .557 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 21   21 20 20 21 20 19 19 16 15 16 13 13 13 7
MIA 60/22 34 26 .566 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 22 22   21 21 22 21 20 20 17 16 17 14 14 14 8
PHX 61/21 35 26 .573 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC   21 NC 21 20 20 17 16 17 14 14 14 8
ORL 61/21 35 26 .573 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 21   NC 21 20 20 17 16 17 14 14 14 8
SAC 59/23 34 25 .576 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 23 23 23 22 22   22 21 21 18 17 18 15 15 15 9
PHI 60/22 35 25 .583 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 22 22 NC   21 21 18 17 18 15 15 15 9
NWO 61/21 36 25 .590 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC   21 18 17 18 15 15 15 9
NYK 61/21 36 25 .590 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 21   18 17 18 15 15 15 9
CLE 60/22 39 21 .650 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC   21 22 19 19 19 13
MIL 61/21 40 21 .655 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC   NC 19 19 19 13
LAC 59/23 39 20 .661 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 23 22   20 20 20 14
MIN 61/21 42 19 .688 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 21   21 15
DEN 61/21 42 19 .688 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC   21 21 15
OKC 60/22 42 18 .700 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 22 22   16
BOS 60/22 48 12 .800 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC  

The NBA uses a lottery system to determine which teams get the best picks in the upcoming draft. The worse a team finishes in the standings, the better the chance the team gets a higher draft pick.

Every year a few teams seem to throw in the towel and tank in hopes of getting a higher draft pick.

The Tank Magic Number is the number of games a team needs to lose in order to secure a worse seed in the traditional standings.

Basically, it's the exact opposite of a traditional magic number.

We've taken the traditional standings and flipped them upside down, so in our table, it's still a race to the "top".

Assuming the "better" seed is actually a worse record (#1 seed is the worst record, #2 is the second worst, etc), here are the odds of getting the first pick for next years NBA draft:

  1. 14.0% chance of receiving the No. 1 pick
  2. 14.0% chance
  3. 14.0% chance
  4. 12.5% chance
  5. 10.5% chance
  6. 9.0% chance
  7. 7.5% chance
  8. 6.0% chance
  9. 4.5% chance
  10. 3.0% chance
  11. 2.0% chance
  12. 1.5% chance
  13. 1.0% chance
  14. 0.5% chance

When a team is guaranteed a reverse top three seed, they are highlighted in green. When they are guaranteed a lottery pick, they are highlighted in yellow. When a team clinches a playoff spot, they are no longer a lottery pick, and are highlighted in red.

Updated: March 5, 2024 12:00am GMT