NBA expanding to 6 divisions

NBA expanding to 6 divisions

Postby JSM on Mon Nov 17, 2003 3:11 pm

For next season, here is how the league will look:

Sportsline: The NBA's board of governors approved a realignment plan Monday that creates three divisions of five teams each in the Eastern and Western conferences.

The expansion Charlotte Bobcats, the NBA's 30th team, were placed in the Eastern Conference and the New Orleans Hornets were moved to the Western Conference. The Hornets previously played in Charlotte before moving to New Orleans two seasons ago.

Joining the new Charlotte franchise in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference will be Atlanta, Miami, Orlando and Washington. The Central Division will have Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indiana and Milwaukee. Atlantic Division teams will be Boston, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia and Toronto.

New Orleans will play in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference with Dallas, Houston, Memphis and San Antonio. The Northwest Division will have Denver, Minnesota, Portland, Seattle and Utah. The Pacific Division teams are Golden State, the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix and Sacramento.

Teams will play divisional opponents twice at home and twice on the road. They will play conference opponents outside their division three or four times, and teams from the other conference twice -- at home and away.

Divisional winners each earn a playoff berth. The remaining five playoff berths for each conference will be based on regular-season records with no regard to divisional alignment.

Home court advantage throughout the playoffs will be based solely on regular-season records. That means a divisional winner will not necessarily have home court advantage in the playoff series.
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Postby BDG on Mon Nov 17, 2003 3:58 pm

This has already been posted, but it's good to refresh our memory.

Here's how it will look:

Eastern Conference
Southeast Division
Atlanta
Charlotte
Miami
Orlando
Washington

Central Division
Chicago
Cleveland
Detroit
Indiana
Milwaukee

Atlantic Division
Boston
New Jersey
New York
Philadelphia
Toronto.

Western Conference
Southwest Division

New Orleans
Dallas
Houston
Memphis
San Antonio

Northwest Division
Denver
Minnesota
Portland
Seattle
Utah

Pacific Division
Golden State
Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Clippers
Phoenix
Sacramento
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Postby FabFourLakers on Mon Nov 17, 2003 6:02 pm

damn tha southwest division looks strong...especially with new orleans in there...

how are tha playoff seadings gonna work? how many teams from each division can make tha playoffs? is it still gonna be 8 teams from each conference that make tha playoffs?
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Postby BDG on Mon Nov 17, 2003 6:20 pm

I think so, and the lottery will be expanded to 14 teams
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Postby SWOL on Mon Nov 17, 2003 6:23 pm

AW I LIKED BEATING PORTLAND EVERY YEAR :man5:
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Postby Kobe834 on Mon Nov 17, 2003 6:33 pm

swolswol wrote:AW I LIKED BEATING PORTLAND EVERY YEAR :man5:


Don't worry Swol, we'll beat everyone elses a$$ anyway. :jam2:
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Postby mv_ix on Mon Nov 17, 2003 8:13 pm

swolswol wrote:AW I LIKED BEATING PORTLAND EVERY YEAR :man5:


don't worry, we'll still get to geat portland, just not as much. :boxing1: the southwest is loaded, also the atlantic will be pretty good by eastren confernce standards. the southeast confernce is the weakest by far, i believe only orlando made the playoffs last year, and you know how they are doing this year, that div is loaded with lottery teams.
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Postby rydjorker121 on Mon Nov 17, 2003 9:58 pm

BryantDunkGiant wrote:This has already been posted, but it's good to refresh our memory.

Here's how it will look:

Eastern Conference
Southeast Division
Atlanta
Charlotte
Miami
Orlando
Washington

Central Division
Chicago
Cleveland
Detroit
Indiana
Milwaukee

Atlantic Division
Boston
New Jersey
New York
Philadelphia
Toronto.

Western Conference
Southwest Division

New Orleans
Dallas
Houston
Memphis
San Antonio

Northwest Division
Denver
Minnesota
Portland
Seattle
Utah

Pacific Division
Golden State
Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Clippers
Phoenix
Sacramento


yeah I like how the league is expanding...I hope they get more expansion teams other than Charlotte and Toronto and the like in a couple of years...and then we would have even more breakups of divisions. But still, many problems would need to be handled by the league managers effectively, and who knows if they're strongly up to their tasks. I hope the playoff seedings remain similar...and yes, now the Lakers have easier competition...wipe Phoenix, Gs and the Clippers out of the slate...and we can beat Queenstown anyday...this 5-team division is awesome...southwest division looks awesome[/list]
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Postby FabFourLakers on Mon Nov 17, 2003 10:30 pm

Minny actually has a chance to win their division...they got lucky, they are currently in a division with tha Spurs Mavs and Rockets, but now they will be ina division with tha jazz blazers sonics and nuggets...

tough division for tha rockets...they get screwed all tha time...
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Postby SweetLaker on Tue Nov 18, 2003 4:42 pm

FabFourLakers wrote:damn tha southwest division looks strong...especially with new orleans in there...

how are tha playoff seadings gonna work? how many teams from each division can make tha playoffs? is it still gonna be 8 teams from each conference that make tha playoffs?


There will be three teams from each division to make playoffs. That will be nine teams in both conference, instead of eight.
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Postby shaqpak34 on Tue Nov 18, 2003 4:46 pm

whats the playoff bracket gonna look like then???


will they have a bye or osmething :man3:
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Postby strikemode14 on Tue Nov 18, 2003 5:09 pm

well we will be pacific divison champs everyyear...
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