Just a quick fun little post of a thought I had.
What if each of the 30 teams played each other team twice, one at home, one away. That would be a 58 game season. Always have at least 1 day off between games.
Rank the teams 1-30 based on w/l percentage.
Eliminate the bottom 14 leaving you with 16 for the playoff round.
Divide the 16 into 4 pools. A random team finishing 1-4 goes to poll A, one to pool B, etc. Same with teams finishing 5-8, 9-12, and 13-16.
Teams in each pool play home and home against the others adding 6 more games for each team. Winner of pool A plays 2nd place in pool B, etc. 3rd and 4th place finishers are done. Those series are best of 5.
Pairs of remaining winners play best of 7 and then a final series is best of 7.
Meanwhile the bottom 14 teams have their own tournament to determine the draft order with the winner getting first pick.
1. Los Angeles
6. San Antonio
10. Golden State
12. New Orleans
14. Los Angeles Clippers
7. New York
8. New Jersey