RDR contributors weigh in on NBA playoff change

The NBA Board of Governors changed the playoff seeding and qualification procedures for the 2015-2016 season. RDR sports contributors weigh in on the monumental change.


The 2014-15 NBA Western Conference playoff seeds:

  1. Golden State Warriors (67-15)
  2. Houston Rockets (56-26)
  3. L.A. Clippers (56-26)
  4. Portland Trailblazers (51-31)
  5. Memphis Grizzlies (55-27)
  6. San Antonio Spurs (55-27)
  7. Dallas Mavericks (50-32)
  8. New Orleans Pelicans (45-37)

Under the 2015-16 new seeding format, the teams would be seeded in this capacity:

  1. Golden State (67-15)
  2. Houston (56-26)
  3. L.A. Clippers (56-26)
  4. Memphis (55-27)
  5. San Antonio (55-27)
  6. Portland (51-31)
  7. Dallas (50-32)
  8. New Orleans (45-37)

The 2014-15 NBA Eastern Conference playoff seeds:

  1. Atlanta Hawks (60-22)
  2. Cleveland Cavaliers (53-29)
  3. Chicago Bulls (50-32)
  4. Toronto Raptors (49-33)
  5. Washington Wizards (46-36)
  6. Milwaukee Bucks (41-41)
  7. Boston Celtics (40-42)
  8. Brooklyn Nets (38-44)

Under the 2015-16 new seeding format, the teams would be seeded in this capacity:

  1. Atlanta (60-22)
  2. Cleveland (53-29)
  3. Chicago (50-32)
  4. Toronto (49-33)
  5. Washington (46-36)
  6. Milwaukee (41-41)
  7. Boston (40-42)
  8. Brooklyn (38-44)

Julius Kizzee: The playoff seeding in the NBA has changed the game forever. No more giving the advantage to a team that has won against its weak division. In the West, it looks like an all-out war for positioning. In the East, its the Cavaliers versus the Field. Let’s all just sit back and watch the fireworks.

Wilton Jackson: It is obvious much would not have changed in the Eastern Conference. In the Western Conference, however, it will make a huge difference. Take a look from last year. With the new rule in place, the Clippers would have played the Trail Blazers in a tough round one matchup while the Spurs would have played the Grizzlies. The Warriors would still be in the NBA champs, but the playoffs would have been a little more interesting with the new rule in place.

The 2015-16 NBA regular season begins Oct. 27.

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