2010 NBA Playoff Preview: A Tale of Two Conferences

April 16th, 2010 by Arun Jayaseelan Leave a reply »
Unlike most sports, the NBA playoff system is very generous to the teams vying to make the postseason. More than 50 percent (16 of 30) of the teams in the league that play the regular season will make it to the playoffs.

Although it seems relatively easy to get into the NBA playoffs, the two-month-long playoff schedule will be brutal for the teams that go the distance.

The last few years, it has been harder for teams in the Western Conference to make the playoffs than for the teams in the East. The main reason has been that the relative quality of teams in the West has been undoubtedly superior.

In the 2007-08 season, the Golden State Warriors had to sit out the playoffs in the West despite posting a 48-34 season while the Atlanta Hawks (37-45) made it in the East with a losing season. The Warriors would have been a fourth-seed in the Eastern Conference that year.

Last season (2008-09), the Phoenix Suns (46-36) missed the playoffs win 46 regular season wins in the Western Conference. While, in the Eastern Conference, the Detroit Pistons (39-43) made it through to the postseason with a paltry 39 wins (again, a losing regular seas ...

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