NBA Tank Magic Numbers

2021-22 National Basketball Association Tank Magic Numbers

Tank Magic Numbers

Tank GP/R W L W%
ORL 45/37 8 37 .177   35 32 31 30 29 29 27 27 27 23 23 23 23 22 24 22 23 21 20 20 18 18 18 17 18 16 14 13 11
DET 43/39 10 33 .232 NC   36 35 34 33 33 31 31 31 27 27 27 27 26 28 26 27 25 24 24 22 22 22 21 22 20 18 17 15
HOU 45/37 13 32 .288 NC NC   36 35 34 34 32 32 32 28 28 28 28 27 29 27 28 26 25 25 23 23 23 22 23 21 19 18 16
OKC 43/39 14 29 .325 NC NC NC   38 37 37 35 35 35 31 31 31 31 30 32 30 31 29 28 28 26 26 26 25 26 24 22 21 19
IND 44/38 15 29 .340 NC NC NC NC   37 37 35 35 35 31 31 31 31 30 32 30 31 29 28 28 26 26 26 25 26 24 22 21 19
SAS 44/38 16 28 .363 NC NC NC NC NC   38 36 36 36 32 32 32 32 31 33 31 32 30 29 29 27 27 27 26 27 25 23 22 20
NWO 44/38 16 28 .363 NC NC NC NC NC 38   36 36 36 32 32 32 32 31 33 31 32 30 29 29 27 27 27 26 27 25 23 22 20
SAC 46/36 18 28 .391 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC   36 36 32 32 32 32 31 33 31 32 30 29 29 27 27 27 26 27 25 23 22 20
POR 43/39 18 25 .418 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 39   39 35 35 35 35 34 36 34 35 33 32 32 30 30 30 29 30 28 26 25 23
ATL 43/39 18 25 .418 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 39 39   35 35 35 35 34 36 34 35 33 32 32 30 30 30 29 30 28 26 25 23
NYK 45/37 22 23 .488 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 37   37 37 36 NC 36 37 35 34 34 32 32 32 31 32 30 28 27 25
LAC 45/37 22 23 .488 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC   37 37 37 36 NC 36 37 35 34 34 32 32 32 31 32 30 28 27 25
LAL 44/38 22 22 .500 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 38 38 38   37 NC 37 38 36 35 35 33 33 33 32 33 31 29 28 26
MIN 44/38 22 22 .500 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 38 38   38 37 NC 37 38 36 35 35 33 33 33 32 33 31 29 28 26
BOS 45/37 23 22 .511 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC   NC 37 NC 36 35 35 33 33 33 32 33 31 29 28 26
TOR 41/41 21 20 .512 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 40 40 40 40 39   39 40 38 37 37 35 35 35 34 35 33 31 30 28
WAS 44/38 23 21 .522 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 38 NC   NC 37 36 36 34 34 34 33 34 32 30 29 27
DEN 42/40 22 20 .523 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 40 40 40 40 39 NC 39   38 37 37 35 35 35 34 35 33 31 30 28
CHA 44/38 24 20 .545 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC   37 37 35 35 35 34 35 33 31 30 28
DAL 44/38 25 19 .568 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC   38 36 36 36 35 36 34 32 31 29
PHI 43/39 25 18 .581 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 39   37 37 37 36 37 35 33 32 30
MIL 46/36 27 19 .587 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC   36 36 35 36 34 32 31 29
CLE 45/37 27 18 .600 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 37   37 36 37 35 33 32 30
BKN 43/39 27 16 .627 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 39 39   38 39 37 35 34 32
MIA 44/38 28 16 .636 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 37 35 34 32
CHI 42/40 27 15 .642 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 40 40 40 39   38 36 35 33
UTH 44/38 29 15 .659 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   36 35 33
MEM 46/36 31 15 .673 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   35 33
GSW 44/38 32 12 .727 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   36
PHX 43/39 34 9 .790 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  

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: January 20, 2022 1:00am ET