May 24, 2015

JUST A FUNCTION OF HAVING MICHAEL JORDAN ON A TEAM:

The Best NBA Teams Of All-Time, According To Elo (NATE SILVER and REUBEN FISCHER-BAUM, 5/21/15, 538)

Elo is like the iPad of sports power ratings: Their design is quite simple, and they do a lot with a little, depending only on the final score of each game and where it was played. Teams always gain Elo points after winning games -- although more for upset wins and for winning by wider margins -- and lose ground after losing them. They account for both regular-season and playoff games. If you want (much, much) more detail, see here. For the rest of you, here's a quick guide on how to interpret different Elo ratings and about how many wins they'd translate into over the course of an 82-game regular season.

Elo ratings above 1800, which imply a team would be able to sustain at least a 67-15 record over the long term, are extremely rare. Only three teams have achieved them: the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls (whose 1853 Elo rating from June 9, 1996, is the all-time record), the 1996-97 Chicago Bulls and the 1985-86 Boston Celtics. This year's Golden State Warriors have a chance at an 1800-plus rating, depending on how the rest of the playoffs go.

MJ was so good he made people think Scottie Pippen was a hall-of-famer.

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