A historically bad start to the NBA's Eastern Conference has prompted NBA Deputy Commissioner & COO Adam Silver to admit that the league will examine the idea of eliminating divisions.
Speaking on XM Radio Tuesday, the NBA Commissioner-in-waiting spoke on the issue of abolishing divisions.
"One thing I have learned from David [Stern] over all those years ... is every day we should wake up and take a fresh look at everything we do. Divisions fall into that category," said Silver, who will take over for Stern as NBA commissioner on February 1. "Historically, based on geography in terms of ways to schedule and convenience of travel, the goal was to enhance rivalries and I'm not sure if that's still what's happening."
The Eastern Conference has been historically bad this season, with only three teams (Miami, Indiana, Atlanta) sporting a record of .500 or better. As it currently stands, the 10-13 Boston Celtics would host a first-round playoff series as the Atlantic Division winner. The 7-13 Toronto Raptors are 1.5 games back of Boston, and the 7-14 Brooklyn Nets are just two games back. The New York Knicks, who sport the third worst record in the NBA at 5-15, are remarkably just 3.5 games out of the division lead. In fact, the 8-11 Chicago Bulls currently hold the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, while the No. 8 seed in the West is held by 12-9 Phoenix (the Suns would be the No. 3 seed in the East).
Getting rid of divisions would mean the teams with the eight best records would make the playoffs in each conference but may also make schedules more unbalanced and require more travel miles for teams.
What do you think? Would the NBA be better off with divisions, or does it help balance the schedule and create geographic rivalries?