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We aren't quite yet to the halfway point, but it seems worth debating whether we should begin to look at whether something needs to be done to fix the disparity between both conferences in the NBA. The East does have the Heat, who have bested the west two straight seasons, along with the Pacers.

However, if the season ended today, just three Eastern Conference teams in the playoffs would have winning records. Three! Head to head, the Eastern conference is having one of its worst years ever versus the west.

Some have proposed a new direction for the NBA to cure a disparity which has been in place for several seasons now: ending the east and west split and going to a new format without divisions or conferences, or something in between that and what we have now.

With a new commissioner (Adam Silver) set to take over after this season, there has never been a more ripe time for change in how the NBA operates.

What do you think? Should the NBA realign to improve competitiveness? Do you like the current setup? Sound off in our poll by voting to your right on the frontpage and above you in the forums!

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# 1 Majingir @ 12/27/13 11:30 AM
I don't think getting rid of conferences would be good. Just cause NBA is in an era with West teams doing so much better than East, doesn't mean we should completely change things. What if in a few years, after ending conferences, certain things happen which will cause people to wish that conferences were around still.

It'd be way too much travel for a team like Toronto,New York,Boston to have to fly regularly to West cities, especially for NBA who I believe has more teams in the far west coast than any other sport.


Division realignment needs to happen though. Don't know how exactly it'd work out though. It'd be easier with relocating a team than completely changing up the entire league. Bucks could be moved,but by the sounds of it, there's lots of people who could do stuff to keep them in Milwaukee. If the Wolves or Bucks moved to Seattle, it'd be so much better in terms of division realignments because everything else would make so much more sense.

Maybe expand to 2 cities so we have 32 teams and then 4 divisions per conference(like in NFL)?

EAST
Division 1:
Celtics
Knicks
Nets
Wizards

Division 2:
Hawks
Hornets
Magic
Heat

Division 3:
Raptors
76ers
Pistons
Cavs

Division 4:
Wolves
Bucks
Bulls
Pacers

West:
Division 1:
Blazers
Seattle
Jazz
Nuggets

Division 2:
Warriors
Clippers
Lakers
Kings

Division 3:
Suns
Spurs
Mavs
Rockets

Division 4:
Pelicans
Grizzlies
Thunder
Kansas City
 
# 2 RangersCruz @ 12/27/13 11:42 AM
Just rig the draft for the eastern teams help the conference get stronger and move the Grizzlies to the east
 
# 3 jmmontoro @ 12/27/13 11:53 AM
Keep the divisions and conferences for schedule purposes, but get rid of them for qualification purposes. Top 16 go to the playoffs. Maybe a cap of no more than 10/12 teams per conference?
 
# 4 MLcardinalfan @ 12/27/13 12:57 PM
Get rid of conferences and have five 6 team divisions.
Pacific: Golden State, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Phoenix, Portland, and Sacramento
Southwest: Dallas, Denver, Houston, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Utah
Midwest: Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indiana, Milwaukee, Minnesota
Southeastern: Atlanta, Charlotte, Memphis, Miami, New Orleans, Orlando
Atlantic: Boston, Brooklyn, New York, Philadelphia, Toronto, Washington
 
# 5 squadron supreme @ 12/27/13 01:22 PM
No the NBA shouldn't realign. In the east you have three projected playoff teams and contenders in the Bulls, Nets, Knicks that have been hit by injuries. If those three had a modicum of health they are all over .500 and the last two seeds in the east are probably teams slightly below break even it certainly wouldn't be anything like it is now.
 
# 6 JazzMan @ 12/27/13 01:23 PM
No conferences, 5 Divisions:

Pacific - Lakers, Clippers, Warriors, Kings, Blazers, Suns

Southwest - Jazz, Mavericks, Rockets, Thunder, Nuggets, Spurs

Southeast - Pelicans, Heat, Magic, Grizzlies, Hawks, Hornets

Central - Timberwolves, Bucks, Bulls, Pistons, Pacers, Cavaliers

Northeast - Celtics, Nets, Knicks, Raptors, Wizards, 76ers

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Each division winner gets an automatic playoff spot, then it's fair game for everybody to make the other 11. Then, it's a tiebreaker on who has the better division record.

You play each division rival 6 times a season, and every other team twice a season, giving you 78 total games.

By playing each division rival 6 times a season, each team will play 30 games within the division, making it very difficult for one division to dominate the league and having 5 or 6 teams make the playoffs.
 
# 7 ReturnoftheTmac @ 12/27/13 01:54 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by JazzMan
No conferences, 5 Divisions:

Pacific - Lakers, Clippers, Warriors, Kings, Blazers, Suns

Southwest - Jazz, Mavericks, Rockets, Thunder, Nuggets, Spurs

Southeast - Pelicans, Heat, Magic, Grizzlies, Hawks, Hornets

Central - Timberwolves, Bucks, Bulls, Pistons, Pacers, Cavaliers

Northeast - Celtics, Nets, Knicks, Raptors, Wizards, 76ers

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Each division winner gets an automatic playoff spot, then it's fair game for everybody to make the other 11. Then, it's a tiebreaker on who has the better division record.

You play each division rival 6 times a season, and every other team twice a season, giving you 78 total games.

By playing each division rival 6 times a season, each team will play 30 games within the division, making it very difficult for one division to dominate the league and having 5 or 6 teams make the playoffs.

This is what I'm for as well. Seems the fairest and I think it'd really get the best team in the Playoffs which is ultimately what I and hopefully everyone want.
 
# 8 ponderguy @ 12/27/13 01:57 PM
I'm fine with the conferences as is but I do wish they would swap Portland and Phoenix in divisions. Would allow Portland to GREATLY cut down on travel time and have all the west coast teams be together. Put Phoenix with Utah/Denver/OKC/Minnesota.
 
# 9 JFB123 @ 12/27/13 03:21 PM
Leave it as it is but put the top 16 teams in. It's nice for organization purposes but the best teams should be in the playoffs. The NFL has the same problem this year. The best 12 teams should be in the playoffs regardless of division and there will be a couple NFC teams left out.
 
# 10 braves_94 @ 12/27/13 05:21 PM
NBA needs to do a better job spotlighting "rivalries." If they aren't going to, they might as well just go with a West and East conference and fold the divisions. The only people who don't agree with division formats are those whose teams are left in the cold come playoff time. Divisions are great because they inspire rivalries. Yeah the NFC East is down this year, but even on down years their games bring in better or just as good ratings as the marqee games around the league. NFL wouldn't be anywhere near as attractive if it wasn't for rivalries within the divisions. Same thing with baseball. Yankees-Red Sox, Giants-Dodgers, Cardinals-Cubs, clearly the games best rivalries are all inter-division. The problem with the NBA is that the talent pool is so heavenly slanted on the high-end, no one cares about the Knicks-Nets, Bulls-Pistons, Rockets-Spurs-Mavericks. NBA has mishandled divisions like no one business. Every other league benefits from it.
 
# 11 braves_94 @ 12/27/13 05:25 PM
Continuation... I typically follow the Magic. And have been for the past two decades. In their division, Heat, Hawks, Bobcats, then I honestly forget about the 5th member. I had to just google the division to see it was the Wizards. WTF? What are they doing in the Southeast!
 
# 12 ReturnoftheTmac @ 12/27/13 05:39 PM
I know this seems kind of off-topic, but I really like how soccer(football) do it. Just have teams plays their schedules and whoever is at top at the end of the year is the champion. I really think then you always truly get the best team winning. I know it'd be difficult here because travel and the amount of teams in American sports leagues, but it's just wishful thinking.
 
# 13 tril @ 12/27/13 06:23 PM
get rid of guaranteed contracts. that will fix the problem. Most of these Eastern Conference teams are loaded with bad contracts.
The West seems to get better value with their players for some reason.
Id hate to see any realignment or playoff format change.
 
# 14 dodgers31296 @ 12/27/13 06:23 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by ReturnoftheTmac
I know this seems kind of off-topic, but I really like how soccer(football) do it. Just have teams plays their schedules and whoever is at top at the end of the year is the champion. I really think then you always truly get the best team winning. I know it'd be difficult here because travel and the amount of teams in American sports leagues, but it's just wishful thinking.
No playoffs would never fly. Too much money.
 
# 15 jtswag187 @ 12/27/13 07:01 PM
do what the NFL did(not playoffs wise) AFC and NFC. then just bring back the sonics and one other expansion team and you got 32. works perfect
 
# 16 bghost @ 12/27/13 07:39 PM
at the very least divisions need to be gone...but a solution where the top 16 teams record wise qualify for the playoffs would be ok with me as well.
 
# 17 Bad_Intentions @ 12/27/13 08:50 PM
I think it's fine how it is since the playoffs are all best of 7 series so the best team wins. However i would like for them to return to the first round being best of 5. That first round used to be so intense back in the day. East is down, but it is home to the 2 time champ. Usually the division winners are pretty good. Don't forget Half the league is tanking this year for the draft.
 
# 18 DMTS @ 12/28/13 12:14 PM
The East will be back in a couple of years, this upcoming draft will be abundant with stars and I would expect most of the East teams to land lottery picks.
 
# 19 dochalladay32 @ 12/28/13 04:02 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by braves_94
Continuation... I typically follow the Magic. And have been for the past two decades. In their division, Heat, Hawks, Bobcats, then I honestly forget about the 5th member. I had to just google the division to see it was the Wizards. WTF? What are they doing in the Southeast!
Because DC is south of the mason-dixon line and what other team would you put in there? New Orleans? Memphis? And then what? You'd have to move Washington into the Atlantic, which probably moves someone like Toronto to the Central, which probably moves Milwaukee to the Northwest which is out of place for them given their proximity to Chicago, and finally OKC to the Southwest which actually makes sense.

Washington is fine where they are.
 
# 20 CaseIH @ 12/29/13 12:13 AM
Its just fine IMO the way it is. The East is just down and there will come a time when things turn back around. Even with the East being weak it has produced back to back NBA titles and you could argue that the 2 best teams in the entire league are in the East wit the Pacers and Heat.
 

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