Seeding always matters, whether it is college of the NBA. This is a game of match ups. There are certain teams who don't match up well and some that do match up well, depending on who you are cheering for. The Lakers have the luxury of being one of those teams who can play different styles so they are a little more diverse in who they can match up with, especially once they are healthy. Seeding is huge, who doesn't want Houston or Dallas in the 1st round instead of SA?