Pelicans in tough tanking position

Updated: January 20, 2014, 5:22 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider

For some teams, tanking is virtually a risk-free proposition at this point. If you're a team like the Bucks or Magic, things have gotten so bad that there's really no turning around at this point. But for teams like the Pelicans, this is a risky venture. They have to finish among the five worst teams in the league for this strategy to work. An eight-game losing streak helps, but given the tanking competition this season, there are still seven teams with worse records right now.

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Chad Ford

Senior Writer, NBA Insider