The NBA's conference imbalance is so drastic that it has become fodder for social media jokes made by its own teams.
Through Tuesday, the Trail Blazers were tied for the Western Conference's best record at 15-3, and they used that pulpit to crack wise about the weaker Eastern Conference.
"Is it too late to join the Eastern Conference? Asking for a friend," the Blazers' official Twitter account joked Wednesday morning.
Is it too late to join the Eastern Conference? Asking for a friend.
— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) December 4, 2013
Not content to let the Blazers have all the fun, the Suns' official account chimed in, too, pretending to be Portland's previously anonymous friend.
"We asked you to keep that on the down low," the Suns' official feed replied to the Blazers. "That eager to get rid of us already?"
@trailblazers We asked you to keep that on the down low. That eager to get rid of us already?
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) December 4, 2013
Phoenix has dealt Portland two of its three losses this season.
This is more than just a laughing matter. The surprising Suns took a 9-9 record into Wednesday's game against Houston, which would tie them with the Wizards for the No. 3 seed in the East. In the West, the Suns were tied for 12th place with the Lakers. Put another way, the Bobcats were the East's No. 8 seed with an 8-11 record. In the West, Charlotte would rank above only Sacramento and Utah.
Entering Wednesday's action, East teams were a combined 114-154 (.425) and West teams were 154-114 (.575). On the bright side, at least the East hasn't been in denial about the skewed state of things.
''We are the laughingstock of the league right now,'' Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said this week, according to The Associated Press. ''Both teams stink,'' Nets coach Jason Kidd said, in advance of a nationally televised game between Brooklyn (5-13) and New York (3-13) on Thursday.