Earlier this year
Should NBL Finals be Top 5 now?
I think with a 9th team coming into the league the NBL might've missed a trick by expanding the Finals to a Top 5 format. I also don't think the team that finishes top of the ladder at the end of the regular season gets rewarded enough for that achievement.
My proposal for a Top 5 Finals format would be:
The #1 team gets automatic entry into the GF series.
#2 plays #5 and #3 vs #4 in the semi-finals and the winner of each of those series then playoff in a Preliminary Finals series for the right to play the #1 team in the GF series.
Five teams out of nine making the playoffs feels better than only four teams out of nine and the Finals has always suffered from coming and going too quickly so this adds an extra series which would extend the playoff drama another week or so.