Adam Silver says NBA may go to top 16 for playoffs
Old 04-11-2014, 10:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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News: Commish Adam Silver just told #Spurs broadcasters NBA "might move" on playoff format to go to top 16 teams, sted of 8 per conference
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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dang, would be so hard to make it for the eastern teams, it does make sense though
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Old 04-11-2014, 11:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Now this is something I would like to see happen
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Old 04-11-2014, 11:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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This will be good but the only way this would be fair is if every team faces each other an equal amount of times during the season
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Old 04-11-2014, 11:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I was going to say I dislike this idea, but in reality it's actually a great idea to get the Eastern conference back on track to having a roughly equal parity with the West, because almost all the Eastern conference teams would end up in the lottery instead of the 38-44 Bucks making the playoffs and getting the 15th pick. That said, once you achieve some parity I'd prefer geographic rivalries. Another concern is that you would absolutely have to change the amount of games each team plays against each other team, and travel off days during the playoffs would need to be increased a lot. (imagine an OKC/Raptors first round series)
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Old 04-12-2014, 12:00 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I don't like the idea. There are two conferences for a reason and in order to limit travel you play teams in your own conference more often. In my opinion Silver needs to slow his role. Seems like he wants to tinker with everything.

The caution I have with this is that the power could switch back to the east or even out quickly. It only seems like a problem because of the big discrepancy this year.
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Old 04-12-2014, 01:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
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It's a big change but it's not an unreasonable one
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I don't like the idea. There are two conferences for a reason and in order to limit travel you play teams in your own conference more often. In my opinion Silver needs to slow his role. Seems like he wants to tinker with everything.

The caution I have with this is that the power could switch back to the east or even out quickly. It only seems like a problem because of the big discrepancy this year.
If they keep it simple, and keep the scheduling as is(3-4 games vs your own conference, 2 games vs opposite conference) and then have the top 16 teams record wise match up then it'd be fine. I'm sure they could work out the scheduling in the playoffs if East meets West, and it'd be cool to see teams that don't match up often play one another.

But really, just having the best 16 teams duke it out for 4 rounds is the best thing that can happen to the NBA Playoffs besides fixing the refing issue which may never be fixed. No one wants to see Atlanta in the playoffs over Memphis or Phoenix.
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Old 04-12-2014, 04:03 AM   #9 (permalink)
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llike gurk said, to be fair evevyone wud have to play everyone just as much

but that wud never work it would cost so much for the lakers to play tdot (any east/west coast teams) more often

i guess each team could have 60 games, home and home against everyone, just saying it would take major changes to be fair

*in a normal year where NY, BOS, LAL,...ect are good it could make even more money for LAL to play in NY more often. The OKC MIA games are always huge draws

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Old 04-13-2014, 06:48 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I don't like it.
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Old 04-13-2014, 12:12 PM   #11 (permalink)
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It would seem fair...I rather move some of those good texas teams to the east and gave the west some shitty of the shitty east teams
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Why are you guys assuming that scheduling would change? It's still very likely they keep divisions and conferences as a way to balance schedules and reduce costs.
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what is the role of conferences and divisions if we do top 16?
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This will be good but the only way this would be fair is if every team faces each other an equal amount of times during the season
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doesn't work any other way
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They need to lose the divisions and the brackets for sure.
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Then why have divisions and conferences? if still won't be equitable if the east plays the west only twice so whats the damn point?
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This will be good but the only way this would be fair is if every team faces each other an equal amount of times during the season
I agree, this would add a ton of travel time, which may alter teams ability to compete likely giving home teams unfair advantage and destroy geographic rivalries ie Brooklyn would play Sacremento the same amount of times they play the Knicks. Don't worry the East will rise again, and we won't need to talk about this
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Old 04-14-2014, 02:50 AM   #18 (permalink)
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A system where we kept conferences but got rid of the god awful 7th and 8th seeds would be better.

Replace those with some sort of wild card system.

Top 6 from East make it, Top 6 from West make it.

The four best teams from the rest of the league make the last wild card spots.

Something like that.
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