NBA Team Performance Rankings at the All-Star Break

February 14th, 2010 by Stephen Brotherston Leave a reply »
A Performance Ranking anyone can understand—Is it possible?

Of course it is! And, like in most things, simpler is better.

It seems everyone has their own method of ranking NBA teams during the season, as if the number of wins didn't provide a truly objective measure of how well everyone is doing.

Some ranking methods are so complex that one has to wonder if even the owners have any idea of how the results are actually spat out. And some rankings are so subjective, it seems the authors' favorites are just a little out of line with reality.

But many ranking systems have had a lot of thought put into their methodology, and if the authors actually simplified their approach down to what they say is important, perhaps the results wouldn't be so controversial.

The key measures that seem to make sense about how a team is actually performing are:

If a team wins its games by more points than a team with a similar record, then they must be the stronger team. If one team is Hot (as in winning games now), then at this point in time they are better than a team that is Cold.  Even if their records are similar. Road wins a ...

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