Adam Silver: NBA leaning toward not guaranteeing playoff berth for division winners


The NBA will soon stop guaranteeing division winners a top-four seed in the playoffs.

Adam Silver says the league might go even further.

Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press:

This is probably an academic point. It’s hard to imagine a division winner not finishing with one of the best eight records in its conference.

But it is possible, and it makes sense to exclude the division winner from the postseason. There’s no virtue in happening to play in an awful division.

This leads to another question: Will the NBA eliminate divisions altogether?