I just wanted to play around a bit with reorganizing the NBA like the NHL is planning to. I think that would work very well for basketball, since it also lets a ton of teams into the playoffs and has a longer-than-necessary regular season. I think it gives the league a collegiate feel, which is not a bad thing as far as passion is concerned.
So, let's organize our four conferences, shall we? Again, if you would like a file, here it is.
Again, I tried to be pretty geographic about things. Like the NHL, I found the Florida teams to be a pain in the ass. I split them up like so:
Midwest: Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Charlotte Bobcats.
East: New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic, and Miami Heat.
Texas: Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, New Orleans Hornets, Memphis Grizzlies, and Denver Nuggets.
California: LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, and Portland Trailblazers.
I would have liked to have kept Denver and Utah together, but I had to make a split somewhere, and that little island happened to be it. Going off last year's records, the playoff teams would have been as follows (from first to fourth):
Midwest: Chicago, Indiana, Milwaukee, and Charlotte. (168 total wins)
East: Miami, Boston, Orlando, and Atlanta. (210 wins)
Texas: San Antonio, Dallas, Oklahoma City, and Denver. (223 wins)
California: LA Lakers, Portland, Phoenix, and Utah. (184 wins)
So, we could get the Texas winner playing the Midwest winner, and the East winner hosting the California winner. Based on last year's playoffs, we most likely would have seen Dallas over Chicago, and Miami over the Lakers. And Dallas would still win the whole thing. Now, is that actually what would have happened? Probably not, but that's all the data we had. And they would have been very good series to watch.
It's all just an idea for now. File it away for a rainy day, I suppose.