The NBA is considering changing the current playoff format by awarding playoff spots to the top 16 teams according to Commissioner Adam Silver.
The commissioner did acknowledge that there would be wholesale changes to the regular season as well as the playoffs if this were to be approved. Silver was interviewed before a preseason game between the warriors and Timberwolves and said, “Reformatting the playoffs is something we’ll continue to look at, I think though it would require revisiting the regular-season schedule as well. As I’ve said before, we don’t play a balanced schedule now, as I’m sure you know. And for those that don’t, that means that teams in the East play each other more than they play teams in the West. And our feeling is, if we were going to seed 1-16, we would need to play a balanced schedule to make it fair for everyone if we were going to seed 1-16 in the playoffs. It may be that as we continue to experiment with the number of days over which we can schedule 82 games that it will create more of an opportunity for a balanced schedule.”
This comes on the heels of an announcement that the NBA made last week changing the NBA allstar game to mix east and west players on the same team allowing the team captains to pick. Silver also hinted that the 82 game season may also be shortened because as he put it, “there’s no magic in an 82-game season, it’s not a change you’re going to see in the short term, but I think when we step back and look holistically at our schedule and how playoffs are seeded we should look at the entire format.”