OK, if you're like me and are more of a visual learner and the way those matchups are listed makes your brain hurt, here is how it looks in a bracket format that you're probably more used to
While we've been given a potential site location and a rough timeline as to when things need to be figured out and basketball starts back up again, what we haven't gotten is the full on plan of what that return looks like. Will there be some ramp up games, will they jump right into the playoffs, will there be some sort of play in tournament for teams on the bubble, the list goes on and on. But one idea that's pretty interesting is the idea of reseeding everyone 1-16. It's something that has been floated around before, but with travel and all that bullshit it never really gains much traction. Well, if everyone is going to be at Disney, you can throw that right out the window and give this a fair shot to see if this is how things should look moving forward.
The question then becomes, would you want this?
As almost everyone will do, the first thing I looked at is how this impacts my favorite team. The first round is literally the exact same with a matchup with the Sixers, so that's whatever. Getting past that round they would go from most likely playing the Raptors to instead most likely playing the Clippers. Both of those Clippers games were fun as hell and came right down to the wire, I don't hate that. If they somehow keep going they find themselves in a potential matchup with the Bucks in the final four. That's no different than how the East bracket would shake out if they were to run the table to the ECF. So from that perspective, it's fine by me. Sure the Clippers being title favorites is a tougher draw than the Raptors, but it's not like the Celts/Raptors hasn't been a tough matchup anyways. I wouldn't call that a lock by any means.
Looking at some of the other matchups, we'd still be getting our potential Lakers/Rockets second round which is how things would shake out if both teams advanced in the current format, but as a Rockets fan I think I'd much rather play the Jazz than the Nuggets. If Kyrie comes back that Lakers/Nets is a whole lot more interesting than the current Lakers/Grizzlies matchup. The Clippers still face the Mavs in the first round which is the same as the current setup as well.
When you break it all down, it's hard for me to find too many negatives about this potential idea. Partly because it doesn't stray too far from the matchups we currently get. The Heat get a tougher first round opponent in OKC but would still be facing MIL in the next round the same way they always would. I'd rather watch that series than MIA/IND to be honest. The Raptors aren't in MIL's bracket even as a 3 seed instead of a 2 so it's not like they are getting boned in their quest to defend their title. Add it all up and I don't see too many reasons why some owners would vote against this.
It'll be interesting to see if there are no regular season games what that ramp up period looks like. Would they maybe have some scrimmages or exhibition games to get back into the swing of things? If those games don't count, would any star player actually play and risk getting hurt right before the playoffs? That's why I think it makes the most sense to have a handful of regular season games even if you want to still do this 1-16 seeding idea.
So what say you. Would you be down for this idea? I like this better than a March Madness style single elimination tournament idea or even some sort of play in for those who aren't currently in the playoff picture. This is the perfect chance to test something that's been debated for years while still keeping things similar to how they would unfold if you kept things the way they are. I say screw it, let's get nuts.