NBA Playoffs: New Structure Proposal

April 19th, 2010 by Charlie Li Leave a reply »
So, I've always had a problem with the way the NBA playoffs are structured. Most of the time, the first round is basically not worth watching, since every round is a 7 game series and the higher seeded team wins a huge majority of the time. Also, the overall competitive intensity of these games is low because one team is just overmatched. Here is my proposal to make the NBA playoffs more exciting. This diagram is the structure of the playoffs in the Austrailian football league. It may seem a little complicated at first, but here's how it works:

This would be the structure for one conference:

Round 1: All matchups are a best of three series with the higher seed having home court advantage

First Qualifying Final (QF): 1st seed vs. 4th seed Second Qualifying Final: 2nd seed vs. 3rd seed First Elimination Final (EF): 5th vs. 8th (Loser goes home)
Second Elimination Final: 6th vs. 7th (Loser goes home)
Round 2: Matchups are a best of five series, higher seed gets home court advantage

First Conference Quarter-final (CQF): Loser of 1st QF vs. winner of 1st EF Second Conference Quarter-final: Loser of 2nd QF vs ...

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