Adam Silver reveals plans to completely revolutionise the NBA Playoffs

Published 2 Comments

Football News

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."

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.

Eastern Block

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.

NBA Finals
NBA Playoffs

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport - NBA Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again