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I forgot about them! Minny would be a good regional rivalry for the Bucks. Memphis would be disruptive.
Could always stick Chi in the west and SA in the East again
 

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Memphis or Minny id guess
Geographically-speaking, Memphis & New Orleans would make the most sense to move to the Eastern Conference.

OKC (old Sonics) & Seattle (new Sonics) would be a natural rivalry in the West, like how Baltimore (old Browns) & Cleveland (new Browns) are in the NFL.
 

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NBA is one of the more forward thinking leagues and they could change things up entirely.

Could see a realignment to EIGHT 4 team regional pods that either maintains a traditional Eastern Conference and Western Conference designation or goes more radical in the way the 16 best teams are seeded...

Not to mention what tweaks, if any they give to the play in tourney.

Just don't see them doing 5,5, and 6 divisions in each conference.
 

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Here's my first take at 8 team pods. The names are obviously just stand ins but tie to certain themes. OKC is a tough put in any group but had to make these balanced 4 team pods, so I did the best I could.

New England
NY Knicks
Brooklyn Nets
Boston Celtics
Phi 76ers

Coastal Seaboard
Washington Wizards
Charlotte Hornets
Orlando Magic
Miami Heat

Great Lakes East
Toronto Raptors
Cleveland Cavaliers
Indiana Pacers
Detroit Pistons

Great Lakes North
Chicago Bulls
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota TimberWolves
OKC Thunder(biggest where to put outlier)

Southern Flavor: BBQ, Beale, and Bourbon
Atlanta Hawks
Memphis Grizzlies
New Orleans Pelicans
Houston Rockets

Desert West
Dallas Mavericks
San Antonio Spurs
Phoenix Suns
Las Vegas

California Dreaming
Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Clippers
Golden State Warriors
Sacramento Kings

NorthWest Passage/Oregon Trail
Portland TrailBlazers
Seattle SuperSonics
Utah Jazz
Denver Nuggets

From a fan rivalalry perspective(current NBA rivals but also historical rivalries based on region, culture and other sports, I think there is massive potential in these pods)

You'd play 6 games against your three division opponents. They would always be grouped in pairs of two, whether back to back games or with a travel day or two involved. You'd play 2 or 3 games against every other division, with the divisions you played three times per year being closer geographical fits, so you'd never be playing the Laker or Sonics three times a year for example.

This could add up to 82 games or they could scale back to somewhere between 74-78 games main schedule to accommodate the in season tourney they're talking about and continued tweaks to the Play In tourney.
 

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Here's my first take at 8 team pods. The names are obviously just stand ins but tie to certain themes. OKC is a tough put in any group but had to make these balanced 4 team pods, so I did the best I could.

New England
NY Knicks
Brooklyn Nets
Boston Celtics
Phi 76ers

Coastal Seaboard
Washington Wizards
Charlotte Hornets
Orlando Magic
Miami Heat

Great Lakes East
Toronto Raptors
Cleveland Cavaliers
Indiana Pacers
Detroit Pistons

Great Lakes North
Chicago Bulls
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota TimberWolves
OKC Thunder(biggest where to put outlier)

Southern Flavor: BBQ, Beale, and Bourbon
Atlanta Hawks
Memphis Grizzlies
New Orleans Pelicans
Houston Rockets

Desert West
Dallas Mavericks
San Antonio Spurs
Phoenix Suns
Las Vegas

California Dreaming
Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Clippers
Golden State Warriors
Sacramento Kings

NorthWest Passage/Oregon Trail
Portland TrailBlazers
Seattle SuperSonics
Utah Jazz
Denver Nuggets

From a fan rivalalry perspective(current NBA rivals but also historical rivalries based on region, culture and other sports, I think there is massive potential in these pods)

You'd play 6 games against your three division opponents. They would always be grouped in pairs of two, whether back to back games or with a travel day or two involved. You'd play 2 or 3 games against every other division, with the divisions you played three times per year being closer geographical fits, so you'd never be playing the Laker or Sonics three times a year for example.

This could add up to 82 games or they could scale back to somewhere between 74-78 games main schedule to accommodate the in season tourney they're talking about and continued tweaks to the Play In tourney.
Ive been fiddling with rebuilt confrences in 2k for a while now. OKC is always a damn problem. I usually end up dumping them in a division with Portland, Sea, and one other team. IIRC i had to pair Florida, Atl and Mem to make it work
 

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Nah. Lebron's better than Derozan.
DeRozan had an amazing year…. Had a ton of big games, game winners etc….He had a more impactful year than LeBron IMO….
 

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DeRozan had an amazing year…. Had a ton of big games, game winners etc….He had a more impactful year than LeBron IMO….
He helped Chicago. But more than Lebron helped LA despite their problems? Not in my opinion.

And that's irrelevant. It should be the best players. And Lebron is better than Derozan in every respect.
 

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He helped Chicago. But more than Lebron helped LA despite their problems? Not in my opinion.

And that's irrelevant. It should be the best players. And Lebron is better than Derozan in every respect.
LeBron is a better player…. He put up better numbers out of necessity…. DeRozan had a better season to me and what he provided for the Bulls with their overall team success….
 

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LeBron is a better player…. He put up better numbers out of necessity…. DeRozan had a better season to me and what he provided for the Bulls with their overall team success….
This is like the debate on the MVP: do you go with the guy who helped his team the most or the best player. I always go for the best player. That's what MVP means to mean and that's what all NBA means.

In fact, I'd argue Lebron was a better player than Durant last year as well.
 

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