NBA Announces Changes to Playoff Seeding: Details, Comments and Reaction

September 8th, 2015 by Alec Nathan Leave a reply »

NBA divisions have yet to be eliminated, but the league took a step toward devaluing them Tuesday by officially announcing reforms to playoff-seeding procedures.

According to Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin, NBA owners approved the implementation of a measure that will seed playoff teams based solely on their records. Division winners were previously locked into a top-four seed regardless of record.

Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears passed along the league's official statement:

The league's shift to a more straightforward format appears to have been in the making for a while, with Commissioner Adam Silver saying in July that a change was expected.

NBC Sports' Sean Highkin reported another new wrinkle in the system that should have teams in the Atlantic Division sweating:

Another key component of the seeding procedure is a new tiebreaker. While the NBA used to give division winners first preference when it came to breaking ties, head-to-head record will now dictate which team gets a higher seed.

Had the new system been in place last season, the Western Conference playof ...

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