Why have the NBA's western teams been better than its eastern teams in recent years?
February 19, 2009 12:06 PM Subscribe
Is there a geographical reason the NBA's Western Conference has been so much better than the East? What's the deal?
posted by ORthey to sports, hobbies, & recreation (37 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
It does seem in the past couple years the East is catching up and, who knows, maybe is better this year, but that said - the West has been dominating (at least during the regular season) for some time now. I wonder if anyone knows of any articles that specifically address WHY and HOW this happened, rather than what I see all the time, which is more about PROVING the west's superiority, using stats and such.
Given that there are no rule differences (as in MLB with the DH, for example, which leads to totally different strategy), it doesn't make any intuitive sense that teams in one half of the country would generally be better than the other - other than migration of better players to the better conference.
Ideas, theories, and resources welcome!