Is playoff reseeding coming to the NBA?
Finally, talks of a potential 16-team league-wide playoff format has entered the discussion with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and the league’s front office.
"Reformatting the playoffs is something we'll continue to look at," Silver said before a preseason game between the Golden State Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves at Mercedes Benz Arena. "I think though it would require revisiting the regular-season schedule as well. As I've said before, we don't play a balanced schedule now, as I'm sure you know. And for those that don't, that means that teams in the East play each other more than they play teams in the West. And our feeling is, if we were going to seed 1-16, we would need to play a balanced schedule to make it fair for everyone if we were going to seed 1-16 in the playoffs. It may be that as we continue to experiment with the number of days over which we can schedule 82 games that it will create more of an opportunity for a balanced schedule."
There has been a great disparity between the two conferences.
The West looks like a massive game of "King of the Hill" between a plethora of championship-caliber teams, all beating each other up until there’s one last team standing.
The usual suspect of Golden State now will face off perennial All-Stars like Paul George and Carmelo Anthony matched alongside reigning MVP Russell Westbrook. Don’t forget about Jimmy Butler joining a young and impressive looking Minnesota Timberwolves team that’s poised for a playoff run. And of course, one can never count out the San Antonio Spurs with Gregg Popovich, and Kawhi Leonard.
Whereas in the East, they should rename the conference championship trophy after LeBron James, after making his 7th straight NBA Finals appearance this past season. James has hardly had any real competition since the days of the "Big Three" in Boston with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. Coming into this season outside of the Celtics, there really isn’t much of a contender, granted players like Giannis Antetokounmpo or John Wall take their talents to the next level and bring their teams into contention.
Adjusting the rules to where we see the best 16 teams in the NBA duke it out for the Larry O’Brien trophy is a dream that may very well come true in the future. As of now, we hope Silver truly fathoms the idea of a more entertaining playoff chase for teams deserving of a chance to showcase their skills.