Originally Posted by horrorfan
Interesting idea about a tournament but I do wonder about the players' interest in it - would they want to risk injury just so that the team gets a top pick (as Filadelphia mentioned)? Also, depending on the format, will the tournament also decide who picks 3rd, 4th ... to 14th? How many games would have to be played?
You could have players rewarded money a la the NHL playoffs. Granted the payout for playoffs is pretty small but you could do this as some incentive. Personally, I think the incentive would be to not finish in "dead last". Also, it would be part of the psychology of it for coaches to have to get their players fired up to play to get a better pick. It would be interesting.
As for how things get decided in terms of 2nd, 3rd, 4th picks etc. well that could go a number of ways. You could still do a lottery based on the regular season standings for the second pick after the winner gets the first or you could go based on tournament finish so if you lose in the finals you pick second if you lose in the semis you pick 3rd or 4th or you could simply have everyone who doesn't win ranked based on regular season finish so only the 1st overall pick would change hands.