The West side is by far the best side: NBA looking to change playoff format

Earlier this year, the NBA’s new commissioner, Adam Silver, started a frenzy in the media when he said the NBA is considering a new playoff format in the coming years. It’s about time!

Taking the eight best teams from the West and East conference is not fair anymore. This method no
longer works due to the competitiveness of the Western conference, and the lack thereof in the East.

The Charlotte Hornets currently hold the eighth seed in the east with a record of 29-35. On the other side, the star packed Oklahoma City Thunder are currently trying to hold on to their eighth seed with a record of 37-29. That’s just not fair.

There are currently 3 teams in the West that could all be in the playoffs if they were in the opposite

One of the proposed solutions is just taking the 16 best teams in the NBA. This would create for matchups we’ve never seen in the playoffs and add a whole new level of excitement.
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One of the proposed solutions is just taking the 16 best teams in the NBA. This would create for matchups we’ve never seen in the playoffs and add a whole new level of excitement.

conference. This lack of competitiveness in the East has lead for teams to cruise to the NBA Finals. Lebron James’ teams have reached the Finals the last four years in a row.

While his squad is sweeping teams in the East, teams are battling to stay alive in the West. A seven-game series almost feels like the default number in that conference.

Some could argue that Lebron wouldn’t have so many rings if the format was changed. He’s playing worn down opponents after he’s been on cruise control for weeks and is well rested.

If Adam Silver wants to keep things interesting, he needs to change things up.

The benefits of this move will probably make him change the format. There will be more views, better ratings and possibly more games if the match ups are competitive.