Have I got a late christmas present for you.
I have for you, the latest and greatest version of my power rankings.
Since Christmas just came and went we start with the presents (If you feel you need explanations you can go here for them).
The Knicks and the Heat looks to be in a standoff in the East while the West is a dead heat between the Thunder, Spurs and the Clippers.
That’s the conclusion. Let’s give the typical background before we go to far.
Schedule strength comes first:
The Hornets,Nuggets and Raptors have faced the roughest schedule. The Pacers, Hawks and Suns have faced the easiest schedule.
How’s it look for the rest of the season?
And yes I did simulate every game for the rest of the season to do that table, more on that later. The poor pelicans can’t catch a break. While Denver sees a significant softening of their early schedule. Houston and Golden State see a significant hardening of theirs.
Let’s talk rankings.
The Rankings as of 12/25/2012
The game data is courtesy of Basketball Reference.
I will build the rankings by working out the following numbers:
Keep in mind that this is a guess (a very scientific one but still a guess) at the relative strengths of teams based on the data of the season to date. We still need to account for injuries and incorporate what we know of player historical performance. We will address this in a, say it with me, future post.
A few notes:
Let’s adjust for the expected season schedule now and project win totals for the rest of the year.
And that’s real pretty but let’s summarize and close.
That’s the end folks. Happy Holidays and drive safely.
P.S. As a bonus, Here’s a table presented without explanation or context:
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