"We are very focused on the divisional seeding process, and I think we are going to take a very close look at whether we should seed at least 1 through 8 by conference as opposed to giving the division winner that higher seed," Silver said according to SI.com. "We may change that fairly quickly.... That is a vestige of a division system that may not make sense anymore."
The league is considering seeding the top eight teams in each conference by record instead of guaranteeing each division winner with a top four spot. Such a change this season would have meant the Clippers (56-26) would have played the
However, since the Trail Blazers won the Northwest Division, they were the fourth-seeded team despite having a record worse than the Spurs and
Many have pushed for a more dramatic overhaul to the playoff system, which would have the teams with the best 16 records facing off against each other instead of the current format which allowed three teams with records of .500 or worse to reach the postseason in the Eastern Conference.
In the Western Conference, because of the stronger records of the top eight teams, the
Silver noted that the idea of seeding teams one through 16 seemed attractive, but the problems created by the combined conferences would create too many travel issues.
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