What about having each division winner make the NBA playoffs, but aside from that, the best teams by record, regardless of conference or division?

The idea is inspired by the fact that this year’s West/East difference is huge. If the playoffs were to start today, the #7 and #8 seeds in the West, Dallas and Golden State, have 44 and 43 wins, respectively. The #7 and #8 seeds in the East, Atlanta and New Jersey, have 30 wins each. It isn’t even close.

If the top 16 teams were to make the playoffs, this is who would get in:

Boston, Detroit, New Orleans, LA Lakers, Houston, Phoenix, San Antonio, Utah, Orlando, Dallas, Golden State, Denver, Cleveland, Washington and Portland.

That’s according to winning percentage.

What do you think? Post your opinion in this forum thread.