i was debating this the other day, and the whole thing doesn't make much sense to me anymore..
I am adressing the topic of how the playffs are set up currently, in the way at which 16 teams are seperated into east and west conferences.
At this point of time i just think this system is outdated, pointless, and in some aspects unfair.
Things you could argue for it:
+ It is traditional, all the eastern/western conference championships teams have one, banners would become ditto if system was abolished.
Yes this is true, but in all honesty i think moving on from this is not really the issue, put into simple terms, I don't think anyone (fans, not players) really ever cared about winning the eastern/western conference championship, the Finals is what wveryone really cares about
+ Travel, in a matchup like L.A vs new york, the travel would become extremely difficult and could impact the players play.
This is true, this could be difficult, but this matchup is in fact possible in todays system, if these teams were to face in the finals. I think simply spreading out the playoff schedule in situations like this to give the teams more time to be physically prepared for the games after long distance travel could be a solution. Reducing individual playoffs series to 3 games could be an idea to accommodate the issue of pro-longed playoff duration if this was needed to change the playoff system
Reasons why it should be changed:
the east are top heavy, and the west have more depth.
This problem, which has been the case for many yeas now, results in teams with better records missing the playoffs, whilst teams in the east, occasionally with losing records making the playoffs.
there is no ounce in fairness to this, and i'm not sure why the nba hasn't thought to address this issue, clearly there is a fault in the system.
Example: 2008-09 season
Golden state failed to make the playoffs with a 48-34 record.
The eastern standings this year were;
1. Boston 66-16
2. Detroit 59-23
3. Orlando 52-30
4. Cleveland 45-37
5. Washington 43-39
6. Toronto 41-41
7. Philadelphia 40-42
8. Atlanta 37-45
Thats 5 teams that were unfairly positioned to play in the playoffs ahead of goldenstate..
This year the same thing is happening
If the season ended today, 4 teams would be snubbed a spot in the playoffs, because of what conference they are in, rather than how they performed.
The playoffs should be changed to top 16 teams, and they should square off in orders 1 vs 16, 2v15. 3 v 14 and so on.
What do you think