Legitimate Contenders in the NBA [2008-2009]: Part III

Heading into the final stretch of games for the NBA’s regular season, the best teams in the League have established their positions at the top of Conference Standings:

 

LEGITIMATE CONTENDERS IN THE NBA 2008-2009: Part III

[as of Sun Mar 29 2009]

 

Team

W-L
W%

PDR

PAR

RDR

QR

QIR

WCP

ECP

Cavaliers

60-13
.822

1

1

3

5

T-1

 

1

Celtics

56-19
.747

2

2

1

5

T-1

 

3

Rockets

48-26
.649

6

5

4

15

3

4

 

Blazers

46-27
.630

5

9

2

16

4

5

 

Magic

54-18
.750

4

8

8

20

5

 

2

Lakers

58-15
.795

3

15

5

23

6

1

 

Spurs

48-25
.658

7

3

16

26

7

2

 

Hornets

45-27
.625

10

4

17

31

8

7

 

Jazz

45-27
.625

8

14

10

32

T-9

6

 

76ers

37-35
.514

14

11

7

32

T-9

 

6

Bobcats

33-40
.452

18

6

10

34

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pistons

36-37
.493

16

7

13

36

12

 

7

Mavericks

43-30
.589

13

16

9

38

13

8

 

Nuggets

48-26
.649

9

18

13

40

14

3

 

Hawks

43-31
.581

11

10

25

46

15

 

4

Suns

40-34
.541

12

27

10

49

16

 

 

Heat

39-34
.534

15

12

26

53

17

 

5

Bucks

31-43
.419

19

17

18

54

18

 

 

Thunder

20-53
.274

26

23

6

55

19

 

 

Bulls

36-39
.480

17

21

19

57

20

 

8

Timberwolves

21-53
.284

25

22

13

60

21

 

 

Grizzlies

18-54
.250

27

13

21

61

22

 

 

Nets

30-43
.411

21

19

23

63

23

 

 

Raptors

28-45
.384

23

20

21

64

24

 

 

Pacers

31-43
.419

20

26

20

66

25

 

 

Wizards

17-58
.227

28

24

23

75

26

 

 

Knicks

29-44
.397

22

28

27

77

27

 

 

Clippers

18-56
.243

30

25

28

83

28

 

 

Warriors

25-48
.342

24

30

30

84

29

 

 

Kings

16-56
.222

29

29

29

87

30

 

 

 
Legend:
W-L/W%
– Won-Loss Record/Win Percentage; PDR – Points Differential Ranking; PAR

– Points Allowed Ranking; RDR – Rebounding Differential Ranking; QR – Quality Rating; QIR – Quality Index Ranking; WCP – Western Conference Playoffs Seeding; ECP – Eastern Conference Playoff Seeding

Historically, the teams with a legit chance to win the NBA championship, in any given year, will finish the 82-game regular season schedule with a QR <= 34 and a QIR <= 11 … while the rest are just pretenders.

Into which category does your favourite team fit right now?

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