How to Fix the NBA Playoffs

30 Mar

Tom Ziller of SBNation thinks he has the solution:

So long as the BCS exists, no other major sports playoff system can possibly look truly terrible; college football’s bowl system is so backwards — and, as it turns out, corrupt — that quibbling over the way the NBA’s playoffs work seems like quibbling. In other words, it could be worse, much worse. Imagine basketball’s version of the Chick-fil-A Bowl, featuring the Timberwolves and Nets!

But something is broken in the NBA, and it’s the conference system…

The Houston Rockets are this season’s victim. The Rockets currently sit at 39-35, four games ahead of .500 but 2.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the No. 8 seed in the West. The East playoff picture would, as of Wednesday, admit three teams with records worse than that of Houston to the postseason: the 76ers (38-36), Knicks (36-38) and Pacers (33-42).

In fact, if the NBA abolished conference seeding in the playoffs, the Phoenix Suns would slide in, too. Here’s what the bracket would look like after Tuesday’s action.

What the playoffs would look like if the NBA did away with Conference Championships

What do you know? If you include the best 16 teams in the league regardless of conference, the series still look amazing! Magic-Nuggets would be must-see television, and not just because of the phrase “Magic Nuggets.” There isn’t a bad first-round series there (though Bulls-Sixers could get a bit grindy), and the second-round pairings are as wonderful as anything we’ll get under the current system. I mean, the opportunity for Lakers-Heat before the NBA Finals alone is worth it, right?
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One Response to “How to Fix the NBA Playoffs”

  1. Karim March 31, 2011 at 7:14 PM #

    Hold … the Knicks aren’t in this?? Alow me to boo…..


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