On Thursday, the NBA's board of governors voted to pass legislation to mandate Draft Lottery reform, as well as new guidelines for resting players. Both of these issues are ones that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has been a big proponent of addressing.

How was the NBA draft lottery reformed?

Sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that NBA draft lottery reform was passed 28-1-1, with the Oklahoma City Thunder [VIDEO] voting 'No' and the Dallas Mavericks abstaining. The vote passed easily, despite needing a three-quarters majority (23 votes), was needed in order for the changes to be approved.

The new lottery odds will be come into play for the 2019 draft and are set up to prevent teams from tanking in order to have the best possible chance to land the first pick.

Wojnarowski tweeted out a chart showing how the new lottery odds stack up against the old ones, including the worst team now having only a 14% chance at the top pick.

The four worst team will also now be in the lottery draw, an increase of one from the old rules. This means that the top lottery seed would pick to worst than fifth, while the fourth lottery team would end up picking no worst then eighth.

Clearly, the NBA is hoping that these new reforms will help to make the league more competitive and prevent a situation like the Philadelphia 76ers. They infamously have gone 75-253 (.229) over the last four seasons in an effort to have the best chance possible to land a top pick.

What guidelines were put in place?

The new regulations on resting players that the NBA agreed on now allow Commissioner Silver to fine teams for resting healthy players.

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Unlike the new draft lottery rules, the new guidelines on resting players only needed a simple majority of 16 votes in order to pass.

Silver will have the power to fine teams for resting multiple players during a single game, outside of unusual circumstances. He can also do this for teams that rest players during nationally televised games, including ones shown on ABC, ESPN, and TNT.

Furthermore, teams will be encouraged to rest players when playing at home as opposed to on the road, since those fans have fewer changes to see opposing stars play. Players who are sitting out to rest are expected to be at the arena and on the bench instead of at home.

Separate from these new resting regulations was the fact that the league decided to eliminate most of the back-to-back games that take place around nationally televised game last month in order to further incentivize teams to play their star players instead of resting them.