NBA league commissioner Adam Silver stated that the league is leaning toward eliminating guaranteed postseason berths for division winners.
“First of all, it’s never happened before that a division winner did not finish within the top eight, and our basketball analytics folks calculate that there’s less than a 5 percent chance that it would happen.”
“Where we are leaning right now is that we would not guarantee a spot for a division winner in part because it’s so unlikely to happen, and No. 2 if it does happen it would be potentially confusing to fans. No. 3, you would be displacing a team that did have a top-eight record.”
“So while we’re going to continue to discuss it a little bit more — we need to make a decision before the preseason begins — I think the greater likelihood is we will not be guaranteeing a spot to a division winner.”
So, while a division title may give a team another banner to raise in the rafters, it may mean little else in the larger scheme of the NBA Playoffs.