Every year the NBA All-Star game pits the best in the Eastern and Western conferences against each other.
As do the NBA finals as the best team in the West take on the best team in the East in a best-of-seven game series to determine the NBA Champions.
With the two conferences in constant competition, the question of just which is the best seems like it will never be answered.
Due to the ongoing competition it probably can't be answered but this season at least, the West is clearly the best conference.
In my opinion anyway, any set of standings, in any division, in any sport in any country around the world needs a set number of factors.
Top teams, teams who know they don't really have a chance and teams who are good quality and can cause an upset but aren't the biggest names in the conference.
The current Western conference standings before any games start on Tuesday night, has one team on top having won 50 games in the San Antonio Spurs.
Six teams have won between 40 and 50 games this season showing that many of the teams in the conference are actually quite successful.
And at the other end of the standings there are three teams who have been ruled out of the play-offs already.
Compare that to the Eastern conference who also have one team on 50 wins in the Indiana Pacers but only one team to have won between 40 and 50 games and that is the current NBA Champions the Miami Heat.
Only one team has been excluded from the play-offs and that is the Milwaukee Bucks which means that somehow, the Philadelphia 76ers despite being on a 21 game losing streak, aren't out of the play-off picture.
These statistics show the difference in the quality of each conference and are the reasons I believe the Western Conference is the best.
The fact that the bottom three teams in the East- Milwaukee, Philadelphia and the Orlando Magic, have all lost more games than the bottom team in the West, the Utah Jazz shows that the lesser NBA teams all belong to the East.
You take a look at the teams occupying the play-off spots in the West (Spurs, Thunder, Clippers, Rockets, Trail Blazers, Warriors, Mavericks and Grizzlies) and a match-up between any of them would be an interesting encounter.
This list of teams is the reason why the West is far superior as I feel it houses many of the better teams in the NBA.
The irony of all these stats is that most basketball fans, if asked who they feel will be the overall victor when all is said and done will say either Miami or Indiana.
The Heat have won the last two NBA Championships and with the likes of Paul George, Indiana are looking almost unstoppable.
So could it be said that the Eastern conference has the best two teams in the entire NBA?
Of course it could, Based on the number of wins it would clearly be Indiana and San Antonio but putting Miami up there is certainly not unreasonable.
So in my opinion the Western is the better conference when it comes to conference wide quality and overall NBA quality.
But there is something to be said about how close the Eastern conference is and that a team like Philadelphia can still mathematically be in the play-off race after their terrible form.