The NBA playoffs are here yes, but if I ran things Chicago would be in the playoffs while Houston would not.
I want to see a playoff format which puts the top 16 teams by record regardless of conference in the postseason, but nominally divides them by conference. Under this format, if one conference has 9 or more teams in the top 16, the teams among the top 16 overall that placed below 8th in their own conference get sent to the other conference's playoffs.
Under this format, Chicago, at 42-40, would have been the 8th seed in the West (losing tie-breakers to Memphis and Dallas), and the 41-41 Houston Rockets would be staying home. The Bulls, fittingly enough, would face the team that broke Chicago's 20-year-old record for most regular season wins in a single season, Golden State, in the first round (the first time the Bulls played a Western Conference playoff series since 1977, and first time playing the Warriors in the postseason since 1975). The Bulls would probably be done in 4 games, but this system would work well.
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