Abacus Revelation: The Knicks averaged fewer than 90 points per
game (89.8) during the season’s final segment.
Power Ratings --The
Our team-ranking tool utilizes four elements. Two scales are
based solely on team wins and losses; the others are measures of the efficiency
of team performance in comparison with the competition. First, we’ll simply use
win-loss record irrespective of conference.
The second criterion will be the difference between a team’s
road wins and its home losses. Since this cute little metric is said to be a
personal favorite of veteran NBA coach George Karl, let’s call this the Karl
Criterion No. 3, Conversion Quotient (CQ), involves the rate
at which a team converts its possessions into a successful field goals or free
throw attempts. Like the KK, the computation is simple subtraction—a team’s
rate of offensive efficiency minus that of the opponent.
Lastly, please allow Abacus to
introduce the “SPOR-t” score. SPOR-t stands for “Shooting Plus Offensive
Rebounds minus turnovers.” Add a team’s FG percentage and its offensive
rebounding percentage (o. boards divided by the sum of those o. boards and the
opposition's d. boards). Then subtract the percentage of a team’s possessions
lost to turnovers. For example, a team shoots field goals at a .488 clip,
offensive rebounds at a rate of .199, and commits a turnover on .143 of its
possessions. So its SPOR-t is (488+199-143) or 544. Once again, our measurement
will be the difference between the SPOR-t scores of a team and its opposition.
We’ll rank the teams from 1 to 30
in all criteria and simply add up the rankings. Low score wins, naturally.