How Long Will It Take for the NBA Power Balance to Shift?

July 22nd, 2014 by Jim Cavan Leave a reply »

Seldom has the balance of power between the NBA’s Eastern and Western Conferences been more pronounced—in top-to-bottom talent, team strength or next-generation upside—than it is now.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know which holds the hemispheric hegemony.

So how long will it take, exactly, before the pendulum swings the other way?

Not as long as you might think.

First, some perspective: Of the nine teams to finish the 2013-14 regular season with 50 or more wins, seven of them came from the West. More jarring still, the Dallas Mavericks—who barely sneaked into the playoffs despite winning 49 games—would've finished third in the East, behind only the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers.

Making the disparity even more pronounced is the fact that, in the NBA, only 30 of a given team’s games are played outside its conference.

Knowing this, it’s conceivable the Mavericks could’ve outright won the East, had the league been aligned differently.

Just how bad is the gap between the conferences? According to a st ...

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