During an interview before the NBA draft, Adam Silver was asked whether it is fair for a team like the Golden State Warriors, who have largely built their team via the draft, to be penalized with the league’s luxury tax system.
“I don’t view it as penalizing them,” said Silver. “In essence, when you have a system like we do, there’s a player sharing component to it. There’s revenue sharing and there’s also player sharing.
“The system is designed to help teams keep their own drafted players and they have a big advantage in doing that. In this case, Golden State was able to keep them by paying a high luxury tax in order to do that.”
Silver also cited how the draft helps bad teams improve.
“It’s not as if it’s 30 independent teams all separately competing with each other. The goal is to create the best competition. Sometimes creating the best competition means sharing the best talent around the league.”
Golden State’s core features an inordinate number of players drafted by the franchise in Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney, Jordan Poole and others.