NBA to Seed Playoff Teams By Record

by September 09, 2015

As expected, the NBA has at last come to its senses when it comes to postseason seeding, getting rid of the head-scratching advantages division winners had enjoyed for eons.

Starting in 2015-16, it was announced Tuesday night, teams will be seeded by the regular season records.

These changes were approved unanimously.

From the press release:

As part of the modifications, the eight playoff teams in each conference will be seeded in order of their regular-season record. Most recently, every division winner was guaranteed a top four seed in its respective conference regardless of its record but did not receive home-court advantage if its playoff opponent had a better record.


The Board also approved changes to tiebreak criteria for playoff seeding and home-court advantage. Head-to-head results have become the first criterion to break ties for playoff seeding and home-court advantage between two teams with identical regular-season records; the second criterion is whether a team won its division. Under the old tiebreak system, a division winner was awarded the higher seed and received home-court advantage in a series if the two teams met in the playoffs.


The NBA’s Competition Committee unanimously recommended each of these changes prior to the Board of Governors vote.