Get ready for tanking to intensify

Bucks, Sixers lead entering the last six weeks of the chase for the No. 1 pick

Updated: March 3, 2014, 5:22 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider

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While teams have generally denied tanking this season, it became clearer that the phenomenon is real at the MIT Sloan Conference this past weekend when former Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo admitted his team tried to tank in 2012, Stan Van Gundy called this season's Sixers an embarrassment with Philadelphia GM Sam Hinkie in the crowd and Rockets GM Daryl Morey said things were getting ugly.

"It's bad right now," Morey said. "I think last year, at the end of the season, I counted like two-thirds of the teams weren't trying to win."

With six weeks left in this regular season, it could get worse. The Bucks, 76ers, Magic, Celtics, Lakers, Jazz and Kings are currently in a horse race for the best odds to get the No. 1 pick. Here's the latest Tank Rank:

Chad Ford

Senior Writer, NBA Insider