NBA Team Statistical Rankings: Mar. 29, 2021

Now that I have finished my NBA player statistical rankings, I can do my NBA team statistical rankings, since individual stars factor heavily into the team rankings.

Like with my NFL team statistical rankings, these team rankings reflect the average of where a given team ranks 1-30 across a select group of team-based statistics. For example, say our rankings systems were an average of the following three statistical categories: net points, net turnover ratio, and net field goal percentage. If a team ranked 1, 4 and 3 in each of those categories respectively, their average rank would be 2.67 overall. Once we find the average rank of all 30 teams, we can then rank them based on their overall averages. Good teams have lower averages, and bad teams have higher averages.

I then calculate the median of all 30 teams, and then measure how far above or below the median each team is.

If you followed my NFL team statistical rankings, it’s pretty much the exact same process going on here, only with NBA teams.

Before I get into the rankings, I will quickly go over the categories I use to rank the teams:

  • Net points per game: a team’s average points minus the average they allow. Otherwise known as point differential.
  • Net rebounding: how many rebounds a team pulls down vs. how many their opponents grab.
  • 3-point shooting percentage: self-explanatory.
  • Net field goal percentage: a team’s field goal percentage vs. the rate its opponents shoot against it.
  • Net turnover margin: how many turnovers per game a team commits vs. how many its opponents commit.
  • Assist/turnover ratio: self-explanatory.
  • Free throw shooting percentage: self-explanatory.
  • Net free throw attempts: how many free throw attempts a team averages per game vs. how many its opponents average per game.
  • Win percentage: self-explanatory.
  • Star 1 TNC: the overall total net contribution rank of a team’s best player. TNC is the player-ranking formula I created (more information here). Essentially it’s a way to rank the best players in the league. Including star player ranks in TNC allows us to factor in star power in the team rankings.
  • Star 2 TNC: where does a team’s second-best player rank overall?

So I just find out where a team ranks in each of those categories, average out the ranks, and that’s it.

Without further ado:

As you can see, the Brooklyn Nets are the clear-cut top team in the league, followed by the Clippers, Bucks, 76ers and Jazz. The Lakers come in 6th.

After trading Nikola Vucevic, the Magic have virtually no star power at all and are my worst team in the league.

With my NFL statistical rankings, I updated them every week. With my NBA rankings, I’ll do the same. Probably every Sunday or Monday I’ll release the latest rankings to reflect the previous week’s action.

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