NBA playoffs: Adam Silver to propose 22-team return, possible play-in for 8th seed

NBA commissioner Adam Silver is expected to propose a 22-team return to the Board of Governors following a series of consultation and surveys.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the development on Wednesday.

Silver is going propose bringing 22 teams — the 16 current playoff teams plus the next 6 in the league standings — to Orlando.

The teams will play 8 games each to determine the final seeding for the playoffs.

If by the end of the regular season, the 9th seeded team in the conference is within 4 games or less of the 8th seed, there will be a play-in for the 8th and final seed of that conference.

The 8th seed will only need one win while the 9th seed will need 2 wins to secure the playoff spot.

Otherwise, the 8th seed will automatically advance to the playoffs.

The games will be played from July 31 to October 12.

The NBA draft combine and lottery shall be held around August.