After news broke of the NHL’s proposed plan for a 24-team playoff heading into their postseason, the NBA may soon have plans of it’s own.
According to The Athletic’s NBA Insider Shams Charania, the NBA has sent out a survey to all 30 General Managers on the potential outcomes for restarting the season.
The NBA sent a survey to its 30 GMs regarding options to restart the 2019-20 season, polling them on potential “Playoffs Plus” format, 72 or 76 regular season games, and more.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 23, 2020
According to Charania’s reporting, the survey sent on Friday evening to NBA Executives included the following details:
- Polling on whether the NBA should do a play-in tournament
- The preferred number of teams to enter the playing site
- The preferred number of scrimmages or regular-season games prior to the playoffs.
Remaining Season Restart Possibilities
Again, according to Charania, NBA Executives in the survey have the ability to vote for the following NBA season restart options and scenarios.
- Playoff basketball, with no more remaining regular-season games
- “Playoffs Plus” – Increasing the number of teams in the postseason either through a play-in tournament format, or replacing the first round with a “group stage.” Also, the “Playoffs Plus” scenario would need a vote on whether there would be 18, 20, 22 or 24 teams allowed in.
- Resuming the regular season, with teams having to finish out with the same number of games, or play out the season with play-in games into the postseason.
- “Playoffs Plus” + Play-In games
- Total regular season games, ranging from 72-76
- Playoff Format: East vs West, or re-seeding all NBA teams
- End of season schedule: Labor Day, Sept. 15, Oct. 1, Oct. 15 or Nov. 1