Why does competition exist? To determine who or what is better at any particular thing. Everyone wants to prove they’re the best and competitions serve to show that.

So why is it that the NBA has kept this conference format, which denies the opportunity to see who is truly better? The fact that the western conference has been consistently better than the east is hard to argue against.

The Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs have been consistently great teams and always battle it out in the playoffs. Meanwhile the Cleveland Cavaliers have coasted to the Finals each year without much resistance.

From a fan’s perspective, it would be great to see the Cavs matched up against one of the west’s top teams in the postseason. It would be interesting to see how the playoffs would look if conferences were no longer part of it.

This season, most would agree that the Rockets are probably the second best team in the league. It’s a shame that a match up between Houston and Golden State will not take place in the Finals. The Finals should involve the two best teams, no matter what side of the country the teams are from.

Having conferences not only robs The Finals of consisting of the best teams, but is unfair to those western teams that could possibly make it to that stage. The Rockets and Spurs could have possibly been better than the Cavaliers these past few seasons, but they never had a chance to prove it.

Getting rid of conferences would benefit the competition and would also provide a better reflection of the NBA’s hierarchy. The seeding would allow the best overall team to play against the worst playoff team and so on. This would make seedings more valuable and in turn not allow certain teams to ease through the regular season.

The change is definitely needed. Not only for the competitive standpoint but for the fan’s entertainment as well.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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