Superleague Update

by Jeff Fogle 28. January 2011 00:02

Time to update the records from games played between the top contenders in the NBA this season...

I've decided to add in Denver. They were a borderline team back when the first dozen squads were selected (6 per conference). And, rumors were rampant that their best player would be leaving soon. Seemed like a gamble to put them in when there was a chance they'd turn into an afterthought down the stretch.

Now...

*Carmelo Anthony DIDN'T leave, and it looks like he may stick around awhile (a classic jinx set-up if I've ever seen one).

*Denver is 27-18, which is obviously a quality record.

*Denver will be favored to win most or all of their next 8-9 games, meaning it would look really dumb to leave them out if they were sitting at 35-20 or so in a couple of weeks.

*Denver has a better record in the Superleague than a few teams who have been in it all along.

The only strike against putting them in? Denver still ranks last of the Western teams. They're better than a few teams in the East. The Nuggets could still just be an afterthought when it's all said and done. 

For now I'll stick them in, making it a lucky 13 teams in our elite group.

West: San Antonio, LA Lakers, Dallas, Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Utah, and Denver.

East: Boston, Miami, Orlando, Chicago, Atlanta, and New York.

Here are the standings this year based ONLY on games where these teams have played each other. The records are updated through Thursday Night, which means New York's 93-88 victory over Miami is included.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
San Antonio 16-6
Dallas 12-8
LA Lakers 7-6
New Orleans 11-10
Oklahoma City 10-11
Utah 8-10
Denver 8-10

The Spurs are still playing the most impressive basketball in the league. They're even dominant in the Superleague. That 16-6 record equates to about 60 wins if they maintained the winning percentage through an 82-game Superleague schedule. The Lakers have seen their schedule toughen up recently, but they're still way behind everyone in games played. From low to high, games played in the Superleague in the West are 13-18-18-20-21-21-22. That means the Spurs have the best record, against the toughest schedule!

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Boston 13-5
Chicago 7-9
Miami 7-11
Orlando 7-11
New York 7-11
Atlanta 5-10

Some eye-openers here. Miami and Orlando have yet to establish the kind of consistency vs. quality you need to win in the postseason. Embarassing lower division teams just doesn't matter much once you're playing upper division teams. Only Boston is thriving in playoff style basketball vs. playoff caliber opposition.

Upcoming Superleague games:

Friday: New York at Atlanta, Orlando at Chicago

Saturday: Atlanta at Dallas

Sunday: Miami at Oklahoma City, Boston at the LA Lakers (an ABC doubleheader)

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Comments

2/5/2011 2:08:26 AM #

Crow

Your Superleague player level stats could be compiled. Prior to specific playoff matchups that will be more likely to be seen and want to be seen but you could do so early, if you want.

I can get slightly different splits elsewhere. looking at a top players on a few teams I see the following  for players against higher level teams compared to their overall average:

Boston

Allen average
Garnett above average
Pierce close to average
Rondo above average especially against the east

Miami

Bosh below average, especially against the east
James above average, but perhaps more so if he plays elsewhere than SF
Wade below average

Lakers

Bryant well below average
Odom average
Gasol above average against playoff level west
Bynum above average against playoff level west

Spurs

Parker below average against playoff level west
Ginobili
Duncan

Mavs

Kidd
Terry
Nowitiski
Chandler

Crow United States

2/5/2011 2:14:26 AM #

Crow

Accidentally submitted early.

Here is the rest

Ginobili well below average
Duncan about average

Mavs

Kidd about average
Terry average
Nowitiski above average, especially against playoff level west
Chandler average


What is lasting and what is small sample variation is hard to say, unless you looked longer and deeper, and even then of course it is still hard, but maybe more doable.

Crow United States

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