Legitimate Contenders in the NBA: Part IV

Most teams in the NBA now have 7 or 8 games remaining in their regular season schedule.

Q1. Who are the top contenders to win the championship?

NBA 2007-2008
Quality Rating & Quality Index Rankings   
(as of Wed, Apr 2, 2008)

TEAM W-L Win% PDR PAR RDR QR QIR EC WC
Boston 60-15 .800 1 1 T-4 6 1 1  
Detroit 53-21 .716 2 2 T-6 10 2 2  
Houston 49-25 .662 10 4 1 15 3   6
San Antonio 52-23 .693 T-5 3 T-9 17 4   2
                   
New Orleans 52-22 .703 T-5 5 8 18 5   1
Dallas 47-28 .627 9 6 T-4 19 6   7
Utah 50-26 .658 3 15 T-6 24 T-7   4
Philadelphia 38-37 .507 14 7 3 24 T-7 5  
Cleveland 42-33 .560 15 9 2 26 9 4  
                   
LA Lakers 51-24 .680 4 21 T-11 36 T-10   3
Orlando 47-28 .627 8 13 T-15 36 T-10 3  
                   
Atlanta 35-40 .467 18 12 T-9 39 12 8  
Washington 38-37 .507 16 11 17 44 13 7  
Portland 38-37 .507 17 8 20 45      
Toronto 38-37 .507 12 10 23 45 14 6  
Chicago 29-45 .392 21 14 T-13 48      
New Jersey 31-44 .413 23 17 T-11 51      
Phoenix 50-25 .667 7 25 T-26 58 15   5
Denver 46-29 .613 11 27 21 59 16   8
Milwaukee 26-48 .351 26 22 T-13 61      
Minnesota 19-55 .257 27 20 T-18 65      
Sacramento 34-40 .459 20 24 22 66      
Charlotte 28-47 .373 22 19 T-26 67      
Indiana 31-44 .413 19 25 24 68      
LA Clippers 23-52 .307 25 16 28 69      
New York 20-55 .267 28 23 T-18 69      
Golden State 45-30 .600 13 30 29 72 17 *   9 *
Seattle 17-58 .227 29 T-28 T-15 72      
Memphis 20-55 .267 24 T-28 25 77      
Miami 13-62 .173 30 17 30 77      
 Legend:
W-L – Won Loss Record; Win% – Winning Percentage; PDR – Points Differential Rank; PAR – Points Allowed Rank; RDR – Rebound Differential Rank; QR – Quality Rating; QIR – Quality Index Ranking; EC – Eastern Conference Playoff Position; WC – Western Conference Playoff Position
 
Note:
1. Since 2000-2001 each NBA Champion and Finalist has had a QR <= 34.
2. Since 2000-2001 each NBA Champion has had a QIR <= #9.
3. Since 2000-2001 6 of the 7 NBA Champions have had a QIR <= #4. 

What it takes to win the NBA Championship

A1. (1) Boston … the #1 team in the Eastern Conference with the best blend of Offense, Defense and Rebounding proficiency, in the NBA; (2) Detroit … with the type of experienced, quality depth required to challenge the Celtics; (3) San Antonio … the #2 team in the Western Conference, the reigning champs, who are playing their best basketball of the season right now; and, (4) the LA Lakers … who, if they get back Andrew Bynum (C) for the playoffs, will be able to field the type of well-balanced line-up consistent with a Top 4 in QIR.

[Note: At this point, Houston, due to Yao Ming’s season ending injury, should not be considered as the #1 team in the Western Conference.]

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