Cohen 8-Ball: Five NBA Proposals
PICK YOUR PLAYOFF OPPONENT
Cohen’s Analysis: Shouldn’t the teams with the best records have a significantly greater advantage than their opponents in the playoffs? Instead of assigning matchups merely based on seeding, why not let the most deserving teams choose who they want to play in the first two rounds.
This season, for instance, let’s say Indiana remains the No. 1 seed in the East and perhaps they would prefer to play Charlotte (currently seventh) instead of Atlanta (presently eighth). This would be permitted. Miami would select its opponent next and would be able to pick any of the remaining teams to play.
The same process would be employed in the second round. It would make regular season games even more important, especially down the stretch, as teams would like the opportunity to decide their most favorable matchups.