Report: NBA standings in return to be determined by winning percentage

Prince J. Grimes
NBC Sports Washington

Details about the NBA's return-to-play plan continue to emerge since the league approved its return date on Thursday. The latest is that the teams will be ordered in the standings based on winning percentage, according to a report by ESPN's Tim Bontemps.

Because some teams had played more games than others when the season was put on hold -- teams played anywhere from 63 to 67 games -- that imbalance will remain once the 22 participating teams complete the eight "seeding games" implemented into the return plan. Once those games are played, winning percentage will be used to determine which eight teams from each conference make the playoffs -- instead of games above .500.

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Additionally, ties in the standings will be broken using the league's typical tie-breaking procedures, according to the report.

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There is a small chance the Wizards could finish tied with the Brooklyn Nets after the seeding games. This would require the Wizards to win six more games than the Nets over the eight-game span. The Wizards beat the Nets in their previous two matchups this season.

NBA teams were informed of these decsions in a memo on Friday night, one day after the league's board of governors voted to approve the return-to-play plan. The NBA is set to return July 31 at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

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Report: NBA standings in return to be determined by winning percentage originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

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