How about a 48-team NBA by 2040?

2015: Grant expansion franchises to Seattle and Saint Louis. Realign into 8 divisions of 4 teams each.

2018: Grant expansion franchises to Pittsburgh and Kansas City.

2021: Grant expansion franchises to Cincinnati and San Diego.

2024: Grant expansion franchises to Las Vegas and Mexico City.

2027: Grant expansion franchises to Tampa Bay and Norfolk/Richmond. All 8 divisions will now have 5 teams each.

2030: Grant expansion franchises to San Jose and Baltimore.

2033: Grant expansion franchises to Columbus and Louisville.

2036: Grant expansion franchises to Hartford and Birmingham.

2039: Grant expansion franchises to New Jersey and Buffalo/Rochester. All 8 divisions will now have 6 teams each.

Eastern Conference:

Atlantic Division: Baltimore, Brooklyn, New York, Norfolk, Philadelphia and Washington.

Northeast Division: Boston, Buffalo, Hartford, New Jersey, Pittsburgh and Toronto.

Southeast Division: Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Miami, Orlando and Tampa Bay.

Metro Division: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Indiana and Louisville.

Western Conference:

Central Division: Chicago, Kansas City, Memphis, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City and Saint Louis.

Southwest Division: Dallas, Houston, Mexico City, New Orleans, Phoenix and San Antonio.

Northwest Division: Denver, Las Vegas, Minnesota, Portland, Seattle and Utah.

Pacific Division: Golden State, Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers, Sacramento, San Diego and San Jose.

Regular season reduced to 80 games. Each team plays 2 home games + 2 road games vs. division opponents = 20 games + 1 home game + 1 road game vs. other 18 conference opponents = 36 games + 1 single game vs. 24 teams from other conference = 24 games.

Post-season expanded to include 24 teams, including 8 division winners, who are seeded 1 thru 8 while receiving 1st round byes. The 16 wild cards play best 2 out of 3 first round series', with the conference quarterfinals, conference semifinals and conference finals all reduced to best 3 out of 5. Only the NBA finals remain best 4 out of 7.

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