NBA Playoffs: 1-16 Format (Discussion & Possibility)

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Do you want the NBA to change the playoffs seeding format to 1-16?

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  1. Mr. Dominant

    Mr. Dominant Member

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    https://www.si.com/nba/2017/10/08/adam-silver-playoffs-format-top-16-teams

    http://www.slamonline.com/news-rumo...a-will-continue-look-changing-playoff-format/

    https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/...ook-at-1-16-playoff-seeding-schedule-changes/

    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/20957734/nba-commissioner-adam-silver-discusses-playoff-reseeding

    Silver reiterated that the 82-game schedule is not set in stone, and that the league might be willing to alter the length of the season to accommodate a new 1-16 playoff format.


    "In adding the extra week to the regular season this year, we will be able to eliminate completely four games in five nights. I think it's the first time in the history of the league we were able to do that. Plus we have back to backs at an all-time low. If we took the existing format, the existing schedule and then we seeded playoffs 1-16, we'd be adding additional travel. You would have teams criss-crossing the country in the first round."

    • In the 2014-15 season, the Oklahoma City Thunder missed the Western Conference playoffs with a record of 45-37, while the Brooklyn Nets secured the eighth and final seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a record of 38-44.

    • The new seeding system would prevent imbalances like this from happening.

    • While no changes are on the horizon as of yet, it's clear that Silver isn't afraid to look at alterations that would deviate from traditional NBA norms.

    • Warriors guard Stephen Curry echoed the feelings of many players earlier in the week when he said he'd enjoy playing in a postseason that included the 16 best teams in the league, regardless of their conference.

    • Silver would go on to explain that the league is not married to the 82-game schedule, and if changing the number of games played each regular season would help change how the league could format the playoffs while assuring players get more rest like they will be getting this season, he would look into it.

     
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  2. OTMax

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    It's not going to change much unless indeed it comes with a more balanced schedule. The most sense makes play each time twice, once at home and once on the road. That way it's the most balanced and you pick your 16 or whatever. I agree that with 16 teams the difference between excellence and mediocrity will always be there, however I think best of 3 for the first round, best of 5 for the 2nd and best of 7 for the other two would make it better. That way the 1st round has more upset potential and we don't need to wait for a team to win 4 freaking games when you already know after 2 or 3 who should win. Keeps things way more interesting.
     
  3. A_3PO

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    Near term, this is all talk and the owners in the Eastern Conference will veto changes. They benefit from the status quo in every way.

    If the plan isn't to change things until 2024, perhaps. A reduced (and "balanced") schedule, playoff format changes and a new CBA all at the same time makes a lot of sense. They better get to work early.
     
  4. ThatBoyNick

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    Yes please! And yet to fair schedules! Would make the league way better.
     
  5. TechieOne

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    What I would like to see is a Hybrid approach where we keep the same east and west setup until the western and eastern conference finals where it would be a 1-4 setup. This way we still see 8 teams from the west and 8 teams from the east make it but a larger chance that the best two teams end up playing in the nba finals. It always sucked when everyone knew the western conference finals was the true nba finals.
     
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  6. TechieOne

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    Given it's the NBA... they likely will add "wild card" teams and expand the playoffs to make more money on top of the any changes.
     
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  7. CALI_MOST_WANTD

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    If you going to do this what's the point of even having the conferences.
     
  8. TheGreat

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    Why would you reduce games played per season?

    What about NBA history and records?

    Reducing games played will hinder future accomplishments involving record books
     
  9. A_3PO

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    Serious question: Who gives a care about the effect on records?

    I think sports evolve and the arbitrary 82-game season isn't best for the NBA going forward. IMO, gameplay could improve significantly if they reduced to ~70.

    They should most definitely NOT reduce the mins per game down from 48.
     
  10. Pen15clubber

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    So down for warriors vs hornets
     
  11. Mr. Dominant

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    Why Warriors Hornets specifically?
     
  12. Pen15clubber

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    I guess I was thinking of how much of a murder the Warriors vs the 16th best team in the NBA would be lol. Plus dwights face lol
     
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