Mapping NBA teams
Old 12-15-2010, 03:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Great little graph measuring offensive/defensive efficiency.

Brief explainer: team offense, measured by offensive efficiency (or points per possession), is oriented on the x axis, with better offensive teams toward the right and worse offensive teams toward the left. Team defense is oriented on the y axis, with better defensive teams toward the top and worse defensive teams toward the bottom. As such, good offense-good defense teams can be found in the top right quadrant. Bad offense-bad defense teams are in the bottom left. The graph includes stats up through Friday's action.

If you look at the graph structurally, and create tiers, you'll notice that four teams -- the Heat, Celtics, Spurs and Lakers -- stand out. Just behind them are the Mavericks, Magic and Jazz. The Hawks, who happen to be really balanced but not spectacular on either end, are begging for admission, but sadly do not belong in the club. The Bulls, Hornets and Pacers aren't far away from the second tier.
Speaking of the 8-15 76ers, where are they? Hanging out with the Blazers (12-12). Despite that awful record, Philadelphia actually has a positive point differential (+0.3 per game), with a slightly above average defense and a slightly below average offense. This team is a lot better than its record indicates, and don't be surprised if (barring an Andre Iguodala trade) it makes a playoff run.
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Old 12-15-2010, 06:28 PM   #2 (permalink)

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Nice find. According to this, we're better defensively than the T-Wolves, Pistons, Wizards, Warriors and the Suns.
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Old 12-15-2010, 06:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Washington, Detroit and Cleveland are horrible.
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chicago will be moving right soon enough
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