The NBA 2020 could end the season in the format of the World Cup

The NBA is looking for the best format to solve its season that by now would be facing the finals, which would have started on June 4, and would be just around the corner. However, nothing is further from reality, since it is one of the most important competitions for which its future is not yet known.

Image of Disney World in Orlando, closed due to Hurricane Matthew.

From the direction they are already looking for different options to end the campaign, and the latest proposal takes the form of the World Cup , according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer. The format would be more inclusive than the playoffs are and 20 teams will participate instead of the 16 that are in normal conditions.

In the first place, the teams will be divided into five categories according to their classification in the table, with ten teams from each conference, with the following teams classified:

  • Eastern Conference : Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards and Charlotte Hornets.
  • Western Conference : Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans.
Pat Ewing, former New York Knicks player and Georgetown Hoops coach
 The franchises will then be raffled, being divided into four groups of five teams that will play each other twice. Finally, the first two of each group will advance to the playoffs that will start with the quarterfinals, already the best of seven matches.

All this possible if the option to end the season in a single venue prospers, otherwise the logistics will be more complicated. The players themselves will also play a key role, despite having a good willingness to resume the season, “they need a certain level of certainty” in terms of health.