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Rumor: NBA league office will push for seeding playoffs 1-16

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The Sixers as a 12 seed?

2019 NBA Finals - NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Press Conference Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

If and when the 2019-20 NBA season resumes, one thing is certain: it won’t be a normal situation. So with everything already topsy-turvy, why not try some outside-the-box thinking? At least that is what appears to be going through Adam Silver’s mind, as according to Brian Windhorst, Silver will be pushing to seed playoff teams 1 through 16, regardless of conference. Here’s Windhorst on ESPN’s Get Up yesterday:

“I really think there’s a good chance that there’s only going to be a 16-team playoff, and if that is the case, it opens up the possibility for something that Adam Silver has long wanted, which is to seed 1 through 16 in the postseason and go that route. There’s no excuse of travel or anything like that. It would have to pass an owner vote, and that means a bunch of Eastern Conference owners would have to agree to it.”

However, moments later, Windhorst throws some cold water on the idea:

“I still think it’s going to be a hard pass...if you’re Milwaukee, why would you vote for it this year? You might have to beat both the Clippers and the Lakers to win your title. If you’re Boston, you’re now a 5 seed. If you’re Philadelphia, you’re now a 12 seed.”

Still, let’s take a look at what the playoff bracket would look like with straight 1-16 seeding:

Windhorst hit on the teams most disadvantaged by this potential change in format. The Bucks would want no part of the Clippers in a potential conference finals. Boston and Philadelphia would still have to play each other in the first round, and as much as I would like the Sixers getting that 5-versus-12 upset mojo, they would then likely have to face the Clippers in round two, before getting to Milwaukee. Imagine the Sixers having to face Kawhi Leonard in a second-round playoff series for the second year in a row. On second thought, we’ve all been through enough these past few months. Don’t imagine it.

What are your thoughts? Any chance this proposal goes through? What team would be lobbying the hardest to make a 1-through-16 playoff bracket a reality?