Originally Posted by metaldude26
Well teams also play a full 82-game season only to have playoffs decide the winner.
But in any case, you'd simply set it up playoff style so the best two non-playoff teams get first round byes and then the math adds up to a full elimination tournament with two teams in the finals at the end. It could be one game, two game or three game series' depending on what you favour.
I meant a playoff after the full round robin, not in comparison to the real playoffs. So in my scenario that would be 82 + 13 + playoff, which would be too much. That is, if considering the argument that everyone should play each other, but I doubt that would happen since it's too many games.
In your example, by giving the top non-playoff teams a bye, you are giving them a better shot at the top pick already. I don't agree that the two 9th placed teams (arguably) have an easier start to the playoff. The better teams should not be advantaged in this case. Perhaps the two worst teams should have a bye. Or maybe have the format so that the better teams have to play each other first, so that the weaker teams have better odds (by standing) at getting the top pick.