NBA Tank Magic Numbers

2018-19 NBA Tank Magic Numbers

Tank Magic Numbers

Tank GP W L W%
CHI 0 0 0   82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81
UTH 0 0 0 82   82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81
DAL 0 0 0 82 82   82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81
PHX 0 0 0 82 82 82   82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81
LAC 0 0 0 82 82 82 82   82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81
WAS 0 0 0 82 82 82 82 82   82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81
DEN 0 0 0 82 82 82 82 82 82   82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81
POR 0 0 0 82 82 82 82 82 82 82   82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81
LAL 0 0 0 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82   82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81
SAC 0 0 0 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82   82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81
CHA 1 0 1 .000 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81   81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80
MEM 1 0 1 .000 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81   81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80
OKC 1 0 1 .000 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81   81 81 81 81 81 81 81 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80
ATL 1 0 1 .000 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81   81 81 81 81 81 81 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80
MIA 1 0 1 .000 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81   81 81 81 81 81 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80
HOU 1 0 1 .000 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81   81 81 81 81 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80
CLE 1 0 1 .000 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81   81 81 81 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80
PHI 1 0 1 .000 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81   81 81 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80
MIN 1 0 1 .000 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81   81 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80
BKN 1 0 1 .000 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81   80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80
NYK 1 1 0 1.000 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC   81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81
GSW 1 1 0 1.000 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 81   81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81
SAS 1 1 0 1.000 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 81 81   81 81 81 81 81 81 81
TOR 1 1 0 1.000 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 81 81 81   81 81 81 81 81 81
BOS 1 1 0 1.000 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 81 81 81 81   81 81 81 81 81
MIL 1 1 0 1.000 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 81 81 81 81 81   81 81 81 81
IND 1 1 0 1.000 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 81 81 81 81 81 81   81 81 81
ORL 1 1 0 1.000 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 81 81 81 81 81 81 81   81 81
NWO 1 1 0 1.000 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81   81
DET 1 1 0 1.000 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 81  

What is a Tank Magic Number?

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.

Two-Team Tiebreaker

  1. Division winner
  2. Better record in head-to-head games
  3. Higher winning percentage within division (if teams are in the same division)
  4. Higher winning percentage in conference games
  5. Higher winning percentage against playoff teams in own conference
  6. Higher winning percentage against playoff teams in opposite conference
  7. Higher point differential between points scored and points allowed

Three-Team Tiebreaker

  1. Division winner
  2. Best head-to-head winning percentage among all teams tied
  3. Highest winning percentage within division (if teams are in the same division)
  4. Highest winning percentage in conference games
  5. Highest winning percentage against playoff teams in own conference
  6. Highest point differential between points scored and points allowed

Tiebreaking prodecures from NBA.com

Updated: October 18, 2018 12:00am ET