Some think that weak teams in the East are benefiting from having a weak conference, but it is just the opposite. Bad team that make the playoffs end up with lower draft picks than better teams in the stronger conference that do not make the playoffs. This just makes the strong conference even stronger.
This playoff system would keep the conferences and divisions important, but would also work for years in which a conference or divisions within a conference are weak.
- Conference winners are the top 2 seeds on each half of a 16 team playoff.
- The next 6 seeds would be the 4 division winners (that did not win their conference), and the team with best record from each conference that is not among those first 6. So, 4 teams from each conference make up the top 4 seeds in each half of the bracket. Seeding (except for the conference winners which are automatic 1 seeds), would be done by record. Tie breakers would be head to head matchups, team with fewer teams from their conf in playoffs, +/- total points, coin flip. That would be the top 8 seeds.
- The bottom 8 seeds would be taken from the best 8 remaining records league wide. Tie breakers would be head to head matchups, team with fewer teams from their conf in playoffs, +/- total points, coin flip.
- Better record would get the home court during each round of the playoffs, with tie breakers being head to head matchups, +/- total points, coin flip.