NBA Commissioner Adam Silver revealed live on TV yesterday that he wants to make a complete change to one part of the NBA.
Silver was on hand to watch Steph Curry continue his MVP calibre season as the point guard put up an incredible 51 points as the Golden State Warriors came back from a 22 point deficit to beat the Dallas Mavericks.
And after the game the commissioner jumped on to live television with CSN Bay Area to take some questions posed to him on facebook from NBA fans, one of which was about the NBA playoffs and got an incredibly interesting answer.
Playoffs But Not As You Know Them
Silver confirmed that he wanted to radicalise the playoffs, changing it from a top eight teams in each conference format to just the 16 teams with the best records in the league going through to post-season play.
"Ultimately we want to see your best teams in the playoffs. And there is an unbalance and a certain unfairness;" Silver said, via ProBasketballTalk. "There is a proposal (from one of the broadcasters)… where the division winners would all automatically go into the playoffs and then you’d seed the next 10 best teams. I think that’s the kind of proposal we need to look at."
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Silver admitted their could be some issues stopping this from getting off the ground, but he seemed confident that this proposal would eventually be pushed through.
"There are travel issues of course, but in this day in age every team of course has their own plane, travels charter. I don’t think the discussion should end there. And as I’ve said, my first year I was studying a lot of these issues and year 2 is time to take action. It’s something I’m going to look at closely with the competition committee. I do think it’s an area where we need to make a change," he added.
One of the major stopping points in this could well be the unwillingness of Eastern Conference team owners. The East is much worse than the West is right now and to them this would mean teams losing playoff places to their rivals across the country.
If you used this format and put it into context of this season there would be two changes. The Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat would find themselves out of playoff basketball, being replaced by the Thunder and Pelicans, two teams that are much better whom the average the fan would much rather see in the knockout format.
This seems like a very obvious and smart idea which is hopefully why it will come to fruition. It definitely won't be easy for Silver though, but it is a positive sign of progress in the NBA.