The return of the NBA couldn’t come any sooner and fans across the globe now have an idea of what that return may look like. The NBA’s Board of Governors will hold a meeting on Thursday, June 4th at 9:30 a.m. PST to discuss and approve the 22-team resumption of the league in Orlando.
But how exactly will this play out?
NBA teams will each go through eight separate regular season games to determine seeding among playoff teams and teams fighting for the eight seed. Those who fall back by more than four games to the eight seed get eliminated while those who are less than four games from the eight seed will partake in a play-in tournament that will put all qualified teams in one group and see who accumulates more wins in order to be granted the eight seed. Think of it as a mini-tournament before the real tournament (the NBA Playoffs) begins.
The five teams from the west that are joining the top eight seeds are the New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs while the east are only bringing the Washington Wizards.
Once the eight regular season and play-in tournament games are done and settled, the NBA playoffs will tip off with the typical seven game series format to determine the 2020 NBA Champions. All of this will be determined between July 31st and October 12.
Many people may still ponder why the NBA went ahead and chose 22 teams to travel to Orlando instead of seeing out the rest of the season with all 30 teams. The short answer to this complex question is safety. If the NBA added eight more teams to the bubble in Orlando, the safety and health concerns of each player, coach, and staff member increases. So, it was imperative that the NBA limit the amount of people in one bubble to limit the slim chance of COVID-19 cases sprouting in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Also, if the aim of bringing all teams to one location is to end the season with playoffs, then it would be a waste of time for teams eliminated from playoff contention to participate in games that hold no significance.
Below is a video that breaks down the NBA’s proposed return plan on my YouTube channel.
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