There has been plenty of talk about changing both the NBA playoff system and the draft lottery, especially because of what has happened the last few years with conference imbalance and the Philadelphia 76ers’ blatant tanking efforts. However, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Friday that there aren’t any plans yet to change those systems, according to Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press:
“When we presented all the data to the teams, what becomes clear is that there is no obvious solution,” Silver said.
“It’s not to say that we don’t think there should be a change. I think this is one of these issues that is going to require a fair amount of discussion and study, not just directly among the owners in the big room, with committees as well.”
The popular solution for the playoff system is to simply have the best 16 teams in the postseason, regardless of conference. That very well may happen at some point, but it won’t happen for at least a few more years.
Silver did say he was “intrigued” by the idea of a play-in tournament for the eighth seed and said it’s an idea that has been discussed before.
As for lottery reform, Silver said the owners don’t want to mess with it until the new TV deal hits in 2016. With the salary cap set to skyrocket, the owners want to see how that affects free agency and trades before messing with the draft.
What will likely change is the schedule. There have been discussions to extend the season by at least a week to limit back-to-backs and stretches of four games in five nights.