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Old 01-23-2011, 10:45 AM   #1
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Default Old 16 team playoff format

With the league a little more balanced west and east I ranked the teams according to their win/loss percentage.

This is what the old tourney would have looked like. Thoughts on who would win those match-ups and who would emerge out of each side of the draw.

#1 Spurs 37-7 vs #16 Suns 20-22 Spurs in five
#8 OK City 28-15 vs New Orleans 29-16 New Orleans in 7
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#4 Miami 31-13 vs #13 portland 25-20 Miami in 5
#5 Chicago 30-14 vs #12 Denver 24-18 Chicago in 5

Bottom half of the draw

#2 Boston 33-10- vs #15 Memphis 21-23 Boston in 5
#7 Dallas 28-15 vs #10 Atlanta 29-16 Dallas in 6
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#3 LA Lakers 32-13 vs #14 Knicks 22-21 LA in 5
#6 Orlanda 29-15 vs #11 Utah 27-17 Orlando in 7

I think this format would make the regular season way more interesting, would eliminate teams not trading within their conference, but would be tougher for travel, those series that are really long in distance could be played 2-3-2 those close could be 2-2-1-1-1. Not sure what would happen with Rivalries, but it would be very interesting.
For the last many years, the west has been the stronger overall conference, and now they would be better represented with 10 of the 16 teams being from the western conference. Thoughts? Discussion?
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:57 AM   #2
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I agree. It makes too much sense for it to happen.
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Old 01-23-2011, 11:08 AM   #3
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why would they do that? what do you mean old tourney?
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Old 01-23-2011, 11:27 AM   #4
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Default Re: Old 16 team playoff format

I believe back in the late 70's they used a format like that, I may be wrong, but I remember seeing teams from what are now differnent conferences playing each other in the cross-over playoff series', I'll go back into the archives to see if this was true. I still kind of like the idea of this new format, it would breathe life back into the league and the new rivalries could be developed.
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Old 01-23-2011, 11:29 AM   #5
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I believe back in the late 70's they used a format like that, I may be wrong, but I remember seeing teams from what are now differnent conferences playing each other in the cross-over playoff series', I'll go back into the archives to see if this was true. I still kind of like the idea of this new format, it would breathe life back into the league and the new rivalries could be developed.
no they didn't... the reason you see teams from eastern cities playing teams in the west was because those teams were actually in/part of the western conference back then.. there wasn't enough teams in the west so back in the 60's and 70's you had teams like the hawks bulls bucks bullets in the western conference
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Denver would beat the Bulls in a 7-game series.
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Old 01-23-2011, 12:09 PM   #7
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Denver would beat the Bulls in a 7-game series.
I don't think so.
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Old 01-23-2011, 01:49 PM   #8
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Default Re: Old 16 team playoff format

Thanks for correcting me, I wondered if that was what it was.
And no, I don't think the Nuggets would beat the bulls either, maybe if they were'n't in such a circus right now they could, but the bulls chemistry right now is much better.
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Default Re: Old 16 team playoff format

Much better format. Atleast then teams like Suns or I dont know Houston would make it to the playoffs because they are bad but not worse then the 2 or 3 teams in the east that makes the playoffs.
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Default Re: Old 16 team playoff format

id like some teams to change divisions.
maybe move new orleans for the time being that they still exist to the east or dallas to the east.

i remember this being considered a while back, but no one moved on it.
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Old 01-23-2011, 04:22 PM   #11
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id like some teams to change divisions.
maybe move new orleans for the time being that they still exist to the east or dallas to the east.

i remember this being considered a while back, but no one moved on it.

Maybe switch conferences between Memphis and Milwaukee, other then that it's fine as is.
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Default Re: Old 16 team playoff format

I like this a lot better than the way it is, always have. The divisions and conference don't mater as much in basketball because there's so few games played against division rivals..

For instance in football, I supported Seattle making the playoffs even if they sucked, because divisions winners SHOULD make the playoffs in the NFL. The teams play eachother 2 times each, that's more than 1/3rd of your schedule..

Imagine if in the NBA, division rivals played eachother 10 times a season. And only played the other conference 10-15 times. THEN, the current system would make more sense.
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Default Re: Old 16 team playoff format

I have thought of that many times to. Just because there are so many teams out west that have better records then the 8 and 7 seed in the east but don't make the playoffs. Its not fair but I doubt it will ever change.
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Old 01-24-2011, 05:53 PM   #14
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The main problem with this is the West Coast/East Coast traveling. That is the reason we have the terrible 2-3-2 finals format. It is too much traveling to go after game 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7.
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