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In the 2005-2006 nba why was denver seeded above dallas even though they had 16 fewer wins? this never made sense to me?

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In the Western conference, the Denver Nuggets won the Northwest division. Division winners (Spurs in Southwest, Suns in Pacific, and Nuggets in Northwest) get the highest seeds based on record (1 - Spurs, 2 - Suns, then 3 - Nuggets).

Then, non-division winners are seeded based on record. The Dallas Mavericks finished second in the Southwest division and had the best record of a non-division winner, thus awarding them the fourth seed (followed by 5 - Grizzlies, 6 - Clippers, 7 - Lakers, and 8 - Kings). You will also notice that the 8th seeded Sacramento Kings had the same record as the 3rd seeded Denver Nuggets.

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The following verbiage from NBA.com will also help in regards to understanding seeding:

Teams 1 to 4 in each conference are the three division winners and the team with the next best regular-season record, with the seeding of these four teams determined by regular-season record. The playoffs seedings of Teams 5 to 8 are based upon regular-season record.

NOTE: I believe the verbiage above was put into place after the 2005-2006 season.

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