NEW YORK – Friday night’s Jordan Brand Classic marked the final high school event for Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles and the rest of the class of 2016.
Soon, those kids will be off to college and before you know it, many will declare for the 2017 NBA Draft. Of those kids, a select few will be taken in the Lottery and be off to some losing franchise that needs their help.
Should those Lottery teams be tanking to get Tatum, Giles and the rest? That will be up for debate, but for now, here are a few tanking slogans me and Adam Zagoria came up with for the class of 2016. We always welcome new submissions at @Joshua_Newman and @AdamZagoria.
*We tripped and fell for Markelle (@nyfanin2ndcity)
*Lose like hell for Markelle / Play like hell for Markelle
*Cease all action for Josh Jackson (Zags)
*We’re taking a fall for Lonzo Ball (@philly_phan)
*Get in a freefall for Lonzo Ball
*Lose ’em all for Lonzo Ball
*Shoot and miss for Dennis Smith (@wreckhoops)
*Lose by a mile for Harry Giles
*Make your fans hate ’em for Jayson Tatum
*Our GM’s ultimatum: Lose games for Jayson Tatum (@ihatelightblue)
*Tank’em for Tatum (@matts83)
*Kick rocks for De’Aaron Fox
*Detox for Fox
*Lose badly for Tony Bradley (@ben_eller)
*Stay in a funk to get Malik Monk (@flatulentgasman)
*Get in a funk for Malik Monk (@ashbergh)
*Flunk for Monk (@the_boomstein)
*Losing is golden if you want Marques Bolden (@flatulentgasman)
*Get run over like a tram to ensure you get Bam (@UKcrazyfan)
*Stay in a year-long jam to get Bam (@nisaacs54)
*Our season is a sham just to get bam (@dunlow66)
*Make your season a sham just to get Bam (Zags)
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.