The NBA is shaping the playoffs for the best this upcoming season
Taking effect this upcoming 2015-2016 season, the NBA committee has agreed upon changing the playoff format for the upcoming NBA Playoff season. According to the NBA committee, the division champs are not guaranteed the top 4 spots and spots within the playoffs are based solely on teams record (makes sense). That said, division champs are not giving home-court advantage in the first round of playoffs and preferential treatment.
According to the press release by the NBA, it states:
“The NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved changes to playoff seeding and qualification procedures effective with the 2015-16 season, the league announced today.
As part of the modifications, the eight playoff teams in each conference will be seeded in order of their regular-season record. Most recently, every division winner was guaranteed a top four seed in its respective conference regardless of its record but did not receive home-court advantage if its playoff opponent had a better record.
The Board also approved changes to tiebreak criteria for playoff seeding and home-court advantage. Head-to-head results have become the first criterion to break ties for playoff seeding and home-court advantage between two teams with identical regular-season records; the second criterion is whether a team won its division. Under the old tiebreak system, a division winner was awarded the higher seed and received home-court advantage in a series if the two teams met in the playoffs.”
Considering in recent years teams with more wins than those “division winners” are seeded lower, this new playoff system will even the playing field. Another good choice and major contribution to game by Adam Silver and his colleagues.
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