Proposed NBA Playoffs Improvements

Previously on Adam Riff™:

1. The winning team of a series gets to add one member of the losing team to its bench.

So, for example:

The Rockets beat the Timberwolves in the first round and add Karl-Anthony Towns to its bench for the second round.

The Rockets beat the Jazz in the second round and Donovan Mitchell joins Towns on its bench for the Western Conference Finals.

The Rockets beat the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals and enter the NBA Finals with Towns, Mitchell, and Steph Curry on its bench.

Never worry about NBA Finals ratings again. You guarantee yourself star power in the NBA Finals.

2. The three players who were added to the NBA champion's bench do not receive rings.

It's like how chefs who were eliminated on Top Chef return to assist the finalists for the final challenge.

3. To add some strategy, the team with the best regular season record in each conference gets to seed its bracket 2 through 8.

Giving yourself an easier path to the NBA Finals means strengthening your opponent in the Conference Finals.

4. To be somewhat fair, the teams with the four best regular season records in each conference maintain home court advantage in the first round, regardless of how they are seeded.

Steven: Wouldn't work. Why would a superstar help out an opposing team if he doesn't get a ring
Steven: Maybe it would work if they went to opposing conference
Steven: If I'm Donovan Mitchell I don't wanna help out Houston but I'll gladly help an eastern team to beat Houston
Jon: Hmm…

1. The two teams in the NBA Finals get to add one player from each team their opponent vanquished on its road to the Finals.

So, for example: The Cavaliers add Karl-Anthony Towns, Donovan Mitchell, and Steph Curry to its bench for an NBA Finals against the Rockets.

2. The six added players are ineligible for rings, but all receive $50,000 (furnished by the league) for every minute played in the NBA Finals.

3. In each round of the playoffs, every team can exercise one power play – two minutes in which every point it scores is doubled.

Teams can exercise their power play at any time.

4. The NBA All-Star Game MVP receives immunity from fouling out throughout the playoffs.

He can foul unlimited times. Suspensions and ejections for technical and flagrant fouls still apply, however.


  1. Russell 10 May 18 at 01:52

    1. Rockets add Victor Oladipo, Kyle Lowry, and Al Horford to its bench for an NBA Finals against the Cavaliers.
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    2. $50k for every minute x (20mins x 4 games minimum) x 6 All Stars = $24 million

    Is the league furnishing the vanquished team's player insurance in case of injury during the Finals?
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    3. Power play is good except make it a real power play – 5 on 4 where zone defense is eliminated.

    No power play at 2 mins before end of half or game.
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    4. No 6 foul eliminations for anyone. 2 shot and the ball for the offended team after a player goes over 6 fouls.


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