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NBA Preparing to Change Playoff Seeding

Following a meeting with the league’s Board of Governors, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver revealed that the league is preparing to change their playoff seeding format. Silver said that division winners will no longer be protected and playoff seeding in the Eastern and Western Conference will be based solely on team records.

This basically means that the more wins and less losses, the higher a teams standing. This will good for the game but with the way the Eastern Conference is now, the league may have to look into a format which sends the 16 best teams to the playoffs. Via the AP:

After meeting with the league’s Board of Governors on those and other topics Tuesday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that — as expected — the league is leaning toward eliminating any protection for division winners in playoff seeding going forward and instead placing the eight teams on the Eastern and Western Conference brackets based solely by record.

There was no vote Tuesday, though one is expected soon.

“It’s my expectation that that change will be adopted before the beginning of this coming season,” Silver said.

In the past, division winners have been assured of a top-four seed. For example, this past season, Memphis and San Antonio would have been up one spot to No. 4 and No. 5 in the West bracket, while Portland — the Northwest Division winner which had four fewer wins than the Grizzlies and Spurs — would have fallen from No. 4 to No. 6.

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