The 100 Best NBA Regular Season Teams from 1978 to 2011

Posted on September 5, 2011 by


Arturo Galletti is the Co-editor and Director of Analytics for the Wages of Wins Network. He is an Electrical Engineer with General Electric in the lovely isle of Puerto Rico, where he keeps his production lines running by day and night (and weekends) and works on sport analysis with his free time.


I bring you good news and bad news.

First the good news, I finally have some free time which means I get to start writing again.

The bad news is that the NBA lockout is still in full effect and we’ve beaten this particular horse to death (at least until something new comes up to write about).

NBA basketball to write about? Not yours.

I guess I could take advantage of all that data I have lying around and come up with something fun.I am going to rank every NBA team from 1978 to 2011 (all 908 of them) and I am going to do it based on their average Margin of victory per 48 minute game for the regular season.

First the raw data (courtesy of basketball reference) shown below.

Did I mention I was doing infographs as well? Let’s clean that up by taking it down to the top 100 and give it to you in a nice poster.

What lessons can we learn here?

Putting three all-timers together with the best coach possible is a really good idea.

Happy Labor day weekend everyone.

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