NBA May Get Rid of Divisions
Whenever new leaders are elected into office, one of the first things that they try to do is make an initial splash. For deputy commissioner, Adam Silver, his splash may be to get rid of the four divisions in the NBA. In the past, the point of the four divisions was to increase rivalry and reduce the amount of travel, but without a competitive balance between the east and the west and private new planes, divisions are no longer necessary.
Silver recently told Sirius's XM Radio's new NBA channel, “As David said, the league is in such great shape. I mean, Steve (Kerr) and I were talking basketball the other night out in Brooklyn and [he] raised the same question with me about whether divisions have outlived their usefulness. One thing I have learned from David over all those years…one thing he taught me and all of my colleagues at the NBA is every day we should wake up and take a fresh look at everything we do. And I think divisions fall into that category. Obviously historically, based on geography in terms of weighted schedule and convenience of travel, the goal was to enhance rivalries and I’m not sure if that’s still what’s happening and so that’s something I’m sure that the competition committee, when it next meets, will be taking a fresh look at.”
If they playoffs started today, a team from the Atlantic Division would be in the playoffs with a losing record. This makes absolutely no sense from a fairness perspective and reduces the competitive balance. Divisions should be a thing of the past and Silver could be the man to bring about that change as early as next year.