Report: NBA expected to keep the play-in tourney indefinitely


The play-in tournament is here to stay.

The NBA Board of Governors is expected to put a permanent stamp on the play-in tournament, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The tournament was voted on before the start of the last two seasons, but will now last permanently within the NBA. 

The play-in tournament allows the ninth and 10th seed in each conference vie for a spot in the NBA playoffs.

When playoff time comes, the seventh seed will play the eight seed, in which the winner of that game will secure a spot in the playoffs, while the loser plays the winner of a game between the ninth and tenth seeds to lock the final playoff spot. 

Some scrutinize the tournament because, in a sense, 66 percent of the teams in the NBA get a shot at making the playoffs (20 of 30 teams make the playoffs or the play-in tournament). 

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However, the ratings for each of the four games fair very well. While average viewership was lower in 2022 versus 2021 (2.45 million average viewers versus 2.96 million) the NBA still monetizes the play-in tournament with great effect. 

Last season, the Kings finished with a 30-52 record, four games back of the 10th-seeded San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference. But as newly acquired sharpshooter Kevin Huerter said in his introductory press conference, Sacramento should be right in the mix for a playoff (or play-in) spot next season.

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