NBA Tank Magic Numbers

2018-19 NBA Tank Magic Numbers

Tank Magic Numbers

Tank GP/R W L W%
PHX 29/53 5 24 .172   52 52 51 49 47 46 46 45 45 45 44 45 44 43 43 43 42 43 42 41 41 41 39 40 39 38 39 39 35
CHI 29/53 6 23 .206 NC   53 52 50 48 47 47 46 46 46 45 46 45 44 44 44 43 44 43 42 42 42 40 41 40 39 40 40 36
ATL 28/54 6 22 .214 NC 54   53 51 49 48 48 47 47 47 46 47 46 45 45 45 44 45 44 43 43 43 41 42 41 40 41 41 37
CLE 29/53 7 22 .241 NC NC NC   51 49 48 48 47 47 47 46 47 46 45 45 45 44 45 44 43 43 43 41 42 41 40 41 41 37
NYK 30/52 9 21 .300 NC NC NC NC   50 49 49 48 48 48 47 48 47 46 46 46 45 46 45 44 44 44 42 43 42 41 42 42 38
WAS 29/53 11 18 .379 NC NC NC NC NC   52 52 51 51 51 50 51 50 49 49 49 48 49 48 47 47 47 45 46 45 44 45 45 41
BKN 30/52 12 18 .400 NC NC NC NC NC NC   52 51 51 51 50 51 50 49 49 49 48 49 48 47 47 47 45 46 45 44 45 45 41
MIA 28/54 12 16 .428 NC NC NC NC NC NC 54   53 53 53 52 53 52 51 51 51 50 51 50 49 49 49 47 48 47 46 47 47 43
ORL 28/54 13 15 .464 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC   54 54 53 54 53 52 52 52 51 52 51 50 50 50 48 49 48 47 48 48 44
MIN 28/54 13 15 .464 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 54   54 53 54 53 52 52 52 51 52 51 50 50 50 48 49 48 47 48 48 44
HOU 27/55 13 14 .481 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 55 55   54 55 54 53 53 53 52 53 52 51 51 51 49 50 49 48 49 49 45
UTH 29/53 14 15 .482 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC   NC 53 52 52 52 51 52 51 50 50 50 48 49 48 47 48 48 44
DET 26/56 13 13 .500 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 56 56 56 55   55 54 54 54 53 54 53 52 52 52 50 51 50 49 50 50 46
CHA 28/54 14 14 .500 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 54 NC   53 53 53 52 53 52 51 51 51 49 50 49 48 49 49 45
NWO 30/52 15 15 .500 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC   52 52 51 52 51 50 50 50 48 49 48 47 48 48 44
SAS 29/53 15 14 .517 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 53   53 52 53 52 51 51 51 49 50 49 48 49 49 45
SAC 28/54 15 13 .535 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 54 54   53 54 53 52 52 52 50 51 50 49 50 50 46
POR 29/53 16 13 .551 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC   NC 53 52 52 52 50 51 50 49 50 50 46
DAL 27/55 15 12 .555 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 55 55 55 54   54 53 53 53 51 52 51 50 51 51 47
MEM 28/54 16 12 .571 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 54 NC   53 53 53 51 52 51 50 51 51 47
LAC 28/54 17 11 .607 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC   54 54 52 53 52 51 52 52 48
LAL 28/54 17 11 .607 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 54   54 52 53 52 51 52 52 48
OKC 27/55 17 10 .629 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 55 55   53 54 53 52 53 53 49
PHI 30/52 19 11 .633 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC   NC 52 51 52 52 48
BOS 28/54 18 10 .642 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 53   53 52 53 53 49
IND 29/53 19 10 .655 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 53 NC   52 53 53 49
GSW 30/52 20 10 .666 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC   NC NC 49
DEN 28/54 19 9 .678 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 54 NC 54 53   54 50
MIL 28/54 19 9 .678 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 54 NC 54 53 54   50
TOR 31/51 23 8 .741 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC  

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: December 15, 2018 4:00am ET