I know, I know. The 2014 NBA Playoffs aren’t going to be contested under a different fantasy format like the one I’m suggesting. However, when we take a look at the quality matchups (and the quality of teams involved), shouldn’t we at least consider ditching the conference format for the 2015 NBA Playoffs?
As it stands, we’re going to have either the Phoenix Suns (47-33) or the Memphis Grizzlies (47-32) miss the playoffs in the Western Conference. As of right now, both would host first-round matchups in the East. Instead of having the best 16 teams make the playoffs, we’re going to get treated to a wonderful Miami Heat or Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks series. Fun!
The divisions (and conferences) were originally setup to make travel easier and to give a sense of a territorial rivalry. This was created long before today’s internet and faster travel. It’s arcane and asinine to continue with this setup. Oh, did I mention the Washington Wizards are in the southeast division? I say, scrap it. Have the teams play 24 teams three times each and the other five teams twice. We can come up with a rotating schedule like the NFL has for teams/locations.
Let’s take a look at how things would look if we decided to go with the best 16 teams. SPOILER: It’s much better.
Note: Obviously this is a fantasy column and it’s based purely on my opinions. Have fun with it.