NBA is Considering Adding a Play-in Tournament to the Playoffs
The NBA might be plotting something big
There have been behind-the-scenes talks about changing the format for the NBA playoffs, according to ESPN. The idea that seems to have the most legs is one framed around having two four-team tournaments.
According to the report, the tournaments would involve the seventh through 10th seeds in both conferences duking it out. The seventh seed would host the eighth seed, while the ninth seed would host the 10th seed.
The team that wins between the seventh and eighth seed automatically gets the seventh seed of the playoffs. Then the loser of the seventh vs. eighth seed will battle the winner of the 9th vs. 10th seed for the final playoff spot.
(This all sounds very confusing, at first. But read it again: it makes sense.)
The play-in tournament is an interesting idea, but don’t expect to see it that soon. According to ESPN, the league is more concerned with killing the one-and-done rule and reseeding the playoffs so it’s just 1 to 16 seeds, instead of two conferences featuring 8 seeds. So that means change isn’t likely within the next two years.
But it’s interesting to hear that the league is considering making such a drastic move. Considering there are some, like LeBron James, who would prefer no change at all.