im not gonna crucify u cus ur a raider fan, but 8 teams meant he faced the greatest force the game has ever seen (wilt) more than a couple times a year.
it also means your GM has an easier time eating off one decent stretch for years. (especially in an era less friendly to player movement.) dude was playing in an 8 team league, and only 3-4 teams per year would be over .500 -- with the celtics being the only elite one of that 3-4. by today's standards, it's like putting the heat in a league with the pacers, celtics, nuggets, warriors, raptors, kings and wizards. they'd win 11 too
i'll give the celtics props for being first to the punch in that era, but those titles aren't fu*kin w/ modern ones imo