Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Top Teams Of The Decade

Something that I can't mispredict? The past! Here are the top 14 (14 includes the top team from each year) teams of the 2000's (99/00-08/09):
Note: This was on a slightly different (and less accurate) setup of the program I run, so the Power Rankings are a little off. Multiplying by about 1.5 is roughly accurate, as Boston's number one overall team had a Power Rankings of about 4.45. To compare, Orlando, this year's top team, had a PR here of 2.15 (The worst best team of the past 10 years!).
1 Boston 2007-08 66 16 3.01978476
2 Cleveland 2008-09 66 16 2.794060792
3 San Antonio 2006-07 58 24 2.702128779
4 San Antonio 2000-01 58 24 2.636983741
5 San Antonio 2003-04 57 25 2.627247807
6 San Antonio 2004-05 59 23 2.622031398
7 LA Lakers 1999-00 67 15 2.540923327
8 Dallas 2002-03 60 22 2.481384874
9 Sacramento 2001-02 61 21 2.424603144
10 Dallas 2006-07 67 15 2.322137833
11 LA Lakers 2001-02 58 24 2.290126862
12 Boston 2008-09 62 20 2.250968994
13 Sacramento 2002-03 59 23 2.246999335
14 San Antonio 2005-06 63 19 2.200287205

Interesting to note is the continuation of dynasties that shows up here, but doesn't necessarily show up in championship wins (hence, the appearances of the 2000 Kings and Dirk's Mavs). Is my algorithm a better way to determine champions than the actual playoffs? Do I just think because the Kobe Lakers don't appear hear? How will Tyler Dawson prove me wrong? These are important questions to ask. Hopefully, one other question has been answered here.
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