re-alignment

Re-alignment is easy without Seattle

Mon, 10/04/2010 - 11:37pm
Cliff Pfenning
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When I think about re-aligning the NBA, it's based on reality. The league isn't going to want to go all Facebook/Twitter and completely restructure how Americans view something like basketball. Television rules its fans, and the current alignment is working just fine - league revenues continue to increase yearly. But, a little change will be good for the league to show it can adapt to the changing world. So, here's my view of the new NBA after the CBA is ratified.

The big shift I see is that Milwaukee moves to the Western Conference, while New Orleans moves to the East. Milwaukee is just an hour from Chicago, so that's going to frustrate some fans, but it's almost as close to Minneapolis and the Timberwolves, so there's a natural rivalry waiting to be activated. Minneapolis and Milwaukee were rivals for years in the American League, so there's plenty of background there. The Bucks are now in the Northwest Divison of the Western Conference, joining the Blazers.

New Orleans is a natural for the East, as it's the most Eastern team from the Western Conference, and is a rival of Atlanta in the NFL. Most of my re-alignment is close to the current alignment, just a few teams move - Toronto to the Central, while Washington moves to the Atlantic in the East. Oklahoma City replaces New Orleans in the Southwest Division.

It's really pretty easy without Memphis moving to Seattle. But, that's on the horizon.

Here's how I see it for the 2012-13 season.

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Atlantic
Boston
NY Knicks
New Jersey
Philadelphia
Washington

CENTRAL
Chicago
Detroit
Cleveland
Indiana
Toronto

SOUTHEAST
Orlando
Miami
Charlotte
Atlanta
New Orleans

WESTERN CONFERENCE
PACIFIC
LA Lakers
LA Clippers
Golden State
Sacramento
Phoenix

Northwest
Portland
Utah
Denver
Minnesota
Milwaukee

Southwest
Dallas
Houston
San Antonio
Memphis
Oklahoma City

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