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NBA commissioner Adam Silver is openly discussing the potential for the league to expand to 32 teams.

That makes perfect sense. So does the likelihood that those franchises would be placed in Seattle and Tampa, the two largest U.S. media markets without a current NBA team.

If that were to happen, the league’s current alignment of six divisions each with five teams would need to be junked.

So, let’s imagine two scenarios: In one, there are four divisions of eight teams. In the other, there are eight divisions of four teams.

Here’s what a 4×8 arrangement might resemble:

WESTERN CONFERENCE

PACIFIC

Golden State
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
Phoenix
Portland
Sacramento
Seattle
Utah

MIDWEST

Dallas
Denver
Houston
Memphis
Minnesota
New Orleans
Oklahoma City
San Antonio

EASTERN CONFERENCE

CENTRAL

Atlanta
Charlotte
Chicago
Cleveland
Detroit
Indiana
Milwaukee
Toronto

ATLANTIC

Boston
Brooklyn
Miami
New York
Orlando
Philadelphia
Tampa
Washington

The other possibility is an 8×4 set up. The groupings might look like this:

WESTERN CONFERENCE

PACIFIC
Golden State
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
Sacramento

NORTHWEST
Denver
Portland
Seattle
Utah

SOUTHWEST
Dallas
Houston
Phoenix
San Antonio

MIDWEST
Memphis
Minnesota
New Orleans
Oklahoma City

EASTERN CONFERENCE

NORTHEAST
Boston
Brooklyn
New York
Philadelphia

SOUTHEAST
Atlanta
Miami
Orlando
Tampa

CENTRAL
Charlotte
Chicago
Indiana
Milwaukee

ATLANTIC
Cleveland
Detroit
Toronto
Washington

Okay, your turn: Tell me which arrangement you prefer. And also let me know if you’d swap any teams in the proposal I offered above. If you’re thinking that the “Atlantic” name is awful for a Cleveland-Detroit-Toronto-Washington combination, I agree. Anyone have a better option?

Remember, use the reply box at the bottom of this blog post to offer your input.