The NBA has been under Adam Silver’s watch for close to a year now, the new commissioner has had his hands full during that time. He’s shown the ability to step up and make strong, sound minded decisions and a willingness to be open to the way things have always been done in the league.
“Ultimately we want to see your best teams in the playoffs. And there (currently) is an imbalance and a certain unfairness. … A lot of owners have strong feelings on it, but I think it is an area where we need to make a change.”
– Adam Silver, NBA commissioner
A couple of nights ago Silver shared these sentiments during the Warriors-Mavericks game. He’s made similar statements on a few ESPN programs as well.
Over the past few years, the Western Conference has shown that they are better than their Eastern counterparts as a collective whole almost every season. For example, at this moment there are 10 teams with records over .500 in the Western Conference. In the East, there are just six teams over .500.
Silver plans to talk to the competition committee to see if they would be on board for changes. One of the proposed ideas would be that the six division winners in the league would get automatic playoff berths while the remaining 10 spots would be up for grabs, only using records to determine their seeding. The decision for the remaining 10 would have nothing to do with the Conference in which they belong to.
Under the proposed idea, if the playoffs were to start today, Charlotte and Miami which are currently the seventh and eighth seeds in the East would be replaced by two Western Conference teams. Again, in this scenario it would be New Orleans and Oklahoma City taking their places.
Silver also said the plans to talk to the owners and competition committee about possible realignment in regards to the two Conferences. “Realignment, is something we’re looking at.”
This is something definitely worth keeping an eye on as we go forward, many fans and pundits complain about the Eastern Conference being inferior over the past few years. Either through realignment or changing the playoff structure, it would ensure that the best 16 teams are in the dance every year and that’s all anybody wants.
What do you think, do you prefer a full Conference realignment or just changes to the playoffs? Or….both?? Leave your thoughts below in the comments section!