Friday, November 5, 2010

NBA Rankings Debut!

Since baseball season is over, I suppose it's time to move on. To the NBA!! Here are the first rankings of the season:

Rank Team W L Rating SOS
1 Miami 4 1 9.203 0.872
2 LA Lakers 5 0 6.845 1.17
3 Denver 2 2 5.997 2.12
4 New Orleans 4 0 4.012 1.583
5 Orlando 2 1 3.58 0.978
6 Dallas 3 1 3.055 0.89
7 Boston 4 1 2.023 0.791
8 Houston 0 4 1.668 3.907
9 Atlanta 5 0 1.611 0.491
10 Phoenix 1 3 1.554 1.97
11 Portland 4 2 1.509 0.634
12 San Antonio 3 1 1.476 0.953
13 Golden State 3 1 1.414 1.504
14 New York 2 2 1.234 1.116
15 Memphis 2 3 1.181 1.637
16 Utah 2 2 0.988 1.225
17 Philadelphia 1 4 0.917 0.942
18 Toronto 1 3 0.765 0.684
19 Chicago 2 2 0.664 0.571
20 Sacramento 3 2 0.506 0.676
21 Milwaukee 1 4 0.425 0.932
22 Washington 1 2 0.411 1.742
23 LA Clippers 1 4 0.379 1.248
24 Cleveland 1 3 0.354 1.06
25 Indiana 2 2 0.348 0.733
26 Oklahoma City 3 2 0.315 0.584
27 New Jersey 2 2 0.308 0.666
28 Minnesota 1 4 0.247 1.53
29 Charlotte 1 3 0.233 0.611
30 Detroit 0 5 0.181 0.732

What stands out about these rankings?
First, the ever intriguing Lakers Heat battle starts off actually in favor of the Heat. If they manage to keep this pace up (they won't) it gives them a winning percentage of .913, or 75 wins. Not quite the 78 Hollinger's pythagorean said, but close. The Three MiAmigos (thanks Andy) have done well.
Second, the surprisingly 0-4 Rockets have actually not played terribly, they just had an incredibly hard schedule. It appears Yao could still lead them to the playoffs this year.
Finally, the struggles of the OKC Zombie Sonics should be watched. Maybe all of the hype for such a young team was too much? As with all things this season, only time will tell. And I'm looking forward to it.
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