The conference has been so dominant that the second-seeded New York Knicks in the East would be only the No. 6 seed in the West.
Sure, the NBA playoffs will run through the defending champion Miami Heat and LeBron James, but Memphis coach Lionel Hollins says he prefers playing against the best to make his team better.
And that's why Hollins says he likes playing in the West over the East.
But it makes it more difficult to get to the finals.
The matchups in the West should make for entertaining playoff drama, but only one survivor will play for the NBA title in June.