There have been many talks over the years about the NBA changing up its playoff format, and league commissioner Adam Silver has considered a "compromise" plan that would seek massive changes.
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, Silver has discussed the idea of having "the best eight teams from each conference in the playoffs," and then "seed those teams 1-16." This would help the plan of having the league's two best teams square off in the NBA Finals.
Thus far in 2017-18, the Houston Rockets (44-13), and Golden State Warriors (44-14), are the two best teams in the NBA. If Silver's idea went to work, then the two Western Conference foes would meet in the finals, rather than the third round of the postseason.
The lack of parity in the Eastern Conference has sparked some calls for the league to change its format. LeBron James-led teams have won the East seven consecutive years - four times when he was with the Miami Heat, and the last three as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
But as Windhorst pointed out, travel would be a potential problem under this proposed playoff format:
"With the current playoff format of 2-2-1-1-1 in all rounds, a long first- or second-round series between teams on opposite coasts would create an unfavorable situation. It would also require a more balanced schedule so certain teams didn't have an advantage in playoff qualification during the regular season."
In regards to that issue, Silver did suggest that the league would add "even more days to the season to spread it out a little bit more to deal with the travel."
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1000"] via SLAM Magazine[/caption]
One has to believe a large portion the Western Conference teams would approve of this trade. Last year, the Warriors, Rockets and San Antonio Spurs were the NBA's top-three teams - and they're all in the West.
Of course, this is merely speculation, and Windhorst reported that there are no plans to have a vote on it. And if the NBA did want to adopt this playoff format, 20 of the 30 teams would have to approve the change, per Windhorst.