Legitimate Contenders in the NBA, Part I

In a recent entry, right here, it was noted that, since the 2000-2001 season, each of the two finalists for the NBA Championship have also been top performing teams during the regular season, not just according to their overall Won-Loss (W-L) records but two other simple objective measures … i.e. (i) Quality Rating (QR), and (ii) Quality Index Rank (QIR) … which reflect a team’s approach (i.e. balanced or not) to Offense, Defense and Rebounding.

Looking at the current league standings, these are the QR & QIR values for the 16 teams that would qualify for the Playoffs, if they were to start today:

Team

W-L

Score Differential

Rank

Opponent Score

Rank

Rebound Differential

Rank

QR

QIR

Boston

20-2

1

1

1

3

1

Detroit

17-7

2

2

9

13

2

San Antonio

18-6

3

3

8

14

3

Utah

14-12

5

19

3

27

4

Washington

13-10

11

16

2

29

5

LA Lakers

14-9

4

23

6

33

6

New Orleans

15-10

13

6

15

34

7

Dallas

17-9

9

14

12

35

8

Toronto

14-11

10

8

20

38

9

Orlando

17-9

7

17

18

42

10

Atlanta

12-12

17

7

21

45

11

Cleveland

11-14

22

21

11

54

12

Indiana

13-12

15

27

15

57

13

Denver

14-10

8

25

27

60

14

Phoenix

18-7

5

26

30

61

15

Golden State

14-11

12

30

29

71

16

 

While they may win a lot of games this season, based on their performance thus far, neither the Phoenix Suns nor the Golden State Warriors – with their present QR & QIR values – should be considered “legitimate contenders” for the 2007-2008 NBA Championship. 

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