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Saving the NBA

Postby gradyandrew » July 12, 2019, 2:04 am

Let's call it the realgmization of the league, but it seems like offseason maneuvering has become more interesting than on the court production. A lot of this goes to the moneyball fantasies of Daryl Morey in Houston and Sam Hinkie in Philly. The idea being that the most valuable players are stars and picks. So your best bet as a franchise is to load up on picks and maintain a clear cap sheet.

The NBA tried to address the situation this offseason, but what we're the lessons learned? The two biggest winners were the teams who spent the last 20 games of the season with their All NBA players on the bench. If anything, the lesson learned is that while it might not be advantageous to tank all season, it certainly pays dividends to tank towards the end.

At the same time, the appetite for NBA content continues to expand. Interest in the draft, free agency, and the Summer League is greater than ever, and really the promise of the NBA seems to overshadow what it actually delivers.

As a fan, what do I want the most?
1. To watch meaningful NBA games, that's why the playoffs and finals kick ass and the all star game sucks.

2. To familiarize myself with my teams young prospects. I'll watch Summer League, but not the G League.

3. To beat rivals in any circumstance. A win over the Celtics always kicks ass.

I think the NBA could do a better job delivering content for us diehard fans.

The first question is how many games teams should play in a season. Plenty of arguments have been made to reduce the number to decrease wear and tear, but I see that as a non starter. There's history in the number 82, and players need to put themselves in those historical contests. So the number 82 needs to be kept intact. The breakdown should be:
5 games against each division opponent: 20 total
3 games against the other 10 teams in the conference: 30 total
2 games against each of the 15 teams in the other conference: 30 games total
1 additional game against 1 non conference rival
1 additional game against 1 non division rival

Rivals will be chosen in 2 year cycles so each team gets a home game.

The schedule should go as follows:
Instead of preseason, teams open with 4 games against their division, 4 total games

Conference season takes place when teams play a game vs. division and conference rivals once. a total of 14 more.

After 18 games, teams above .500 can submit two All Stars for voting, under .500 teams one.

Regular season takes place where teams play non conference teams twice, conference teams twice, and division foes once. 54 more games.

Christmas and New Years week is Nonconference Rivals week. Each team plays one game vs. nonconference rivals.

The week following the All Star week is conference rivals week. Each team plays one game vs. Conference rivals.

After 74 games, draft position is set and top 5 teams in each conference are guaranteed a playoff spot. remaining 20 teams are seeded in a three tiered lottery, of 8/6/6.

The last 8 games of the season are played against division rivals in home and home series followed by divisional championship series. Worst two teams in a Division have a play in game, seeding determined by division record, then overall record. Division winners are given a playoff berth. If a top 5 conference team wins the additional berth goes to the team with the best overall record in the 74 game regular season.

Playoffs first round reverts to 5 game series, all other rounds are 7 games.

All Star starters are determined by fan voting. Remaining 7 players are voted on by players. 5 must be from eligible players with 2 at large choices. Each conference team votes on a player coach. All star game has a tv timeout after every 4 minutes of game play. Each player must get a minimum of 12 minutes of game time. Winning conference wins homecourt advantage in the Finals.
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Re: Saving the NBA

Postby gradyandrew » July 12, 2019, 10:01 am

Here's how I view the advantages of the system:

Rather than all games during the season having the same importance, there would be a progressive aspect of scheduling highlighted by important matchups building towards rivalries.

At the beginning, teams would first feel their most important rivals out. The first division match ups and conference match ups along with All Star game spots would put the emphasis on players coming into the season in shape. Because all teams would have a chance to get in the playoffs via winning the division championship and seeding would be determined by division record, even the first few games of the season could have important playoff implications.

The conference portion at the beginning would set the stage for the All Star game. Also, with limits on All Stars per team, their would be a more democratic version of the All Star game.

The majority of the season would retain its current format, so the ebb and flow would stay mostly the same. However, Rivals week during Christmas would offer a viewing gimmick but also give players some time off with their families.

Changes to the All Star game, having all players guaranteed some court time, giving the winner home court advantage in the playoffs, and a player coach, would make the game intense. Under the current format Eastern teams have a big advantage because they get to play most of their games in the weaker conference, this change would be a fairer determination. Also, teams would have to confront the relative inequality in talent by having to give everyone some court time.

Rivals week after the All Star game would be another gimmick to reset for the stretch run.

Changing the lottery odds into tiers would prevent teams on the bubble for making the playoffs to have to choose between sitting stars and getting a lottery pick, or just continuing to play.

There would still be intense competition to lock up the 5 guaranteed spots in the playoffs for each Conference, but the division championships would work to give those teams a chance to rest before they start. Or not. Teams might try their best to take out credible threats before the playoffs even begin.

Division championship series and berths would also penalize teams that began the season strong while benefitting those that finished strong, a recipe for more exciting play in the playoffs. Finally, no matter how shitty a season, you would always tune in to the last 9 games in the hopes that your team could finally put it together.
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Re: Saving the NBA

Postby NewlyKnicked » July 15, 2019, 8:26 am

I’m surprised spree hasn’t shut this thread down already ;)
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