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In today’s TrueHoop Bullets, Henry Abbott discusses John Hollinger’s latest playoff odds, which give the Pacers a 0.5% chance of reaching the postseason.

Sounds high. His thoughts:

It’s weeks before the All-Star game, and John Hollinger’s playoff odds are already saying that nine teams — nearly a third of the League — are essentially out of the running for the playoffs. The Wizards are given about a 5% chance of making it. Trailing that miserable standard are the Sixers, Pistons, Clippers, Pacers, Warriors, Nets and Timberwolves. For the sanity of the people who support those teams, I’d love to see them have some potential for something positive on the horizon, for instance some of the various proposals for a playoff play-in tournament at the end of the season, or some way they could play themselves into a better draft pick. Two-thirds of a season is too long to go without hope.

It sure is, Hank. It sure is.

I’m one of the few people who don’t really thing the lottery system is that bad. How about you? Should they revamp it to fix the “huge problem” of “tanking” that Bill Simmons has made such a popular sentiment among NBA fans? How about a playoff for the 8th seed?

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A “Pacers Game Minus Pacers” would probably be pretty sweet. Someone CGI that.

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    I don’t see tanking as all that big a deal, but I do think the current playoff structure/lottery system could be tweaked to reduce the parts of the season that suck for fans of franchises that are grossly mismanaged (which may also be known as The Poison 10).

    I like the idea of a round-robin tourney for the 8 and/or 7 seeds. I’d even go so far as to kill the lottery system and dole out draft picks in the order of who lost last in the tourney.

    I also like the idea of relegation to the D-League. If your franchise sucks, you shouldn’t get to suck forever just cause your owner has figured out a way to stay profitable-but-uncompetitive.