If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
The infamous statement posted above is directed at Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who thinks that the current NBA playoff format could use some adjustment. Cuban proposed the idea of having ten teams in the playoffs at league meetings in Las Vegas this week.
The actual message was posted on Cyber Dust, and Cuban is adamant that there is some fixing up to do for post-season basketball.
“With all the concern about getting a high draft pick taking precedent over winning games, the disparity in talent between conferences and the general challenge of team building, I asked the question,” Cuban wrote. “Why do just 8 teams per conference make the playoffs? Why not 10?
The NBA has used 8 teams in each conference for the playoffs since 1984.
Cuban stated that this is only “food for thought,” but it surely is an interesting topic. It has been noted before that teams have tanked in the regular season, hoping to get a chance at the illustrious first-overall pick in the draft.
The Billionaire also argued the fact that the expansion to ten teams would make the regular season more exciting as the season winds down.
“The increased number would reduce the chances of good teams missing the playoffs in the stronger conference. It would keep things interesting for fans longer into the season.”
Cuban does have some standing ground however. Last season, the Oklahoma City Thunder missed the playoffs in the Western Conference, despite having a better record than three Eastern Conference teams.
This isn’t the first time that a new playoff format has been brought upon in the NBA. Earlier this year it was reported that there was a possibility, albeit slim, that the NBA would scrap conference playoffs altogether, and list the teams in a seeding format, with 1 vs. 16, 2 vs. 15, etc.
While it doesn’t seem likely that a new playoff expansion will happen anytime soon, Cuban is right by saying it is “food for thought.”