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    Post Silver to install new 16 team unconference playoff bracket?

    When NBA commissioner David Stern steps down and Adam Silver takes over the role, a lot of changes might be coming to the game of basketball. Like how Stern revolutionized the game over the course of his time running the NBA, CBSSports insider Ken Berger reports that many NBA executives believe that Silver could bring some pretty aggressive yet intelligent changes to the way the game is played over the course of a season.

    The most realistic idea that Silver may install is a new playoff system that rewards the best teams int he NBA as opposed to the eight best teams from each conference. The unconferenced playoff system would seed the teams in one large 16-team bracket that sends the 16 best teams to the post season, regardless of division or conference.

    Not only is this a realistic idea to consider, it also makes a lot of sense and could get Silver on a lot of people’s good side right off the bat.

    It’s not a perfect system, but no playoff system outside of the NFL’s seems to be anywhere near perfection. A con of this unconferenced playoff system would be that you could get 11 teams out of the Western Conference and just five out of the Eastern Conference. Then again, a system like this would prevent a situation where a team with a good record in a certain conference doesn’t make the playoffs while a team with a bad record in the other conference makes to postseason.

    This isn’t something that will happen immediately, but it’s just one of the numerous ideas that an open-minded Adam Silver could bring to the game. As much as people hate Stern, Silver has a lot to live up to in terms of revolutionizing the game of basketball, but it’s clear he seems up to the task.
    http://fansided.com/2014/01/10/nba-r...layoff-system/

    If this happens the east be lucky to have a handful of teams make it in. West been strong for quite sometime now.

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    Not sure how I would feel about that. As a fan of basketball, I love it because it guarantees some great series in the playoffs. As a fan of the Bucks, it means that we have to consistently have 44-47 win seasons basically in order to have post season basketball. But as the article states, it's not a perfect system.

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    If this happens we won't see the bucks in the playoffs for an extremely long time

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    No. 5: Silver to take ‘fresh look’ at playoff format – New NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will have plenty of time to make his desired changes to the league, and it appears he already has a few ideas of things which could potentially be improved. One of them, which he discussed during a San Antonio Spurs broadcast, is to shake up the current playoff format. Mike Monroe of The San Antonio Express-News has the full Silver quotes:


    Conducting an in-game interview with Spurs broadcasters Bill Land and Sean Elliott during the telecast of Friday’s Spurs-Suns game at AT&T Center, Silver said the league needs to consider changes to the format that puts the top eight teams in each conference in the playoffs.

    This season, that means one Eastern team with a losing record will make the playoffs while one Western team with at least 47 wins will be left out.

    The Suns, who left Friday’s game with a 47-32 record after absorbing a 112-104 loss to the Spurs, would be third in the East with that record. The bottom four teams in the West all would have home court advantage in the East were the playoffs to begin on Saturday.

    “I don’t know that there will be movement,” Silver said about changing the format. “My initial thought is we will take a fresh look at it. When these conferences were designed it was in the day of commercial (air) travel. It was very different moving teams around the country.

    “In this day and age when every team is flying charter it changes everything. It’s one of the reasons we moved back to the 2-2-1-1-1 format for this year’s Finals.”

    http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2014/0...ril-13/#silver

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