Friday, March 07, 2014

FEBRUARY 2014: TEAMS STATISTICS. NBA REGULAR SEASON.


Teams statistics: Best ATTACK / EFFICIENCY / DEFENSE in NBA regular season: February 2014.


Earlier this week, I looked at the most impressive statistics for players in February 2014 (link to the article: FEBRUARY 2014: PLAYERS STATISTICS. NBA REGULAR SEASON. ). As expected, my screening revealed Lebron James and Kevin Durant among the best in attack/efficiency and Joakim Noah as one of the best defensive players.
I’m now screening for the best team in terms of attack and defense for the same month, according to statistics.


A. ATTACK/EFFICIENCY.
Firstly, I focused on (a) best attack based on superior efficiency (high field goal % implying more points). Secondly, I screened for (b) the most efficient attack (low level of turnovers and few steals by opponents) that we can also translate by the most intelligent team-play (with many assists to find the open guy).
In February 2014, the Washington Wizards, led by John Wall, appeared in my two sets of statistics. The team is currently in fifth position in the Eastern conference.

a. In 2013-14, in the regular season, game played in February, team won game, requiring Field Goal Pct ≥ 0.5 and 3-Pt Field Goal Pct ≥ 0.45 and Points ≥ 110, sorted by most games in season matching criteria. RESULTS for at least 2.
Rk
Tm
Count
1
HOU
4
2
LAL
2
3
MIN
2
4
SAS
2
5
WAS
2


b. In 2013-14, in the regular season, game played in February, team won game, requiring Turnovers ≤ 8 and Assists ≥ 20 and Opponent Steals ≤ 8, sorted by most games in season matching criteria. RESULTS for at least 2.
Rk
Tm
Count
1
TOR
3
2
CHA
2
3
WAS
2



B. DEFENSE.
Regarding defense, I focused on positive pressure on attack leading to: (a) low level of field goal % and (b) turnovers, steals and few opportunities in term of offensive rebounds by the opponent team (implying little second chances).
In February 2014, the Miami Heat, led by Lebron James & Dwyane Wade, came up in my two sets of statistics. The team is currently in second position in the Eastern conference.

a. In 2013-14, in the regular season, game played in February, team won game, requiring Opponent Points ≤ 85 and Opponent Field Goal Pct ≤ 0.45 and Opponent 3-Pt Field Goal Pct ≤ 0.25, sorted by most games in season matching criteria. RESULTS for at least 2.
Rk
Tm
Count
1
WAS
3
2
CLE
2
3
MIA
2
4
TOR
2

b. In 2013-14, in the regular season, game played in February, team won game, requiring Steals ≥ 8 and Opponent Turnovers ≥ 8 and Opponent Offensive Rebounds ≤ 12, sorted by most games in season matching criteria. RESULTS for at least 4.
Rk
Tm
Count
1
CHI
5
2
HOU
4
3
MIA
4


COMING SOON: PART 3: THE G.O.A.T of the 80's... 

Just to remind you, I put the introduction of my part 1 and the link to the article (if you want to access the statistics that I use to elect the G.O.A.T of every decade).   
What I wanted to look at for a long time was: What do the statistics say about who should be the Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T)? Effectively, outside of statistics, we all have a point of view about who is/was/should be considered the G.O.AT. Just to name a few that are widely considered as a reference over the decades:
·      Bill Russell with his eleven titles,
·      Wilt Chamberlain with the most impressive statistics ever for a player, 
·      Kareem Abdul Jabbar, the NBA's all-time leading scorer,
·      Larry Bird & Magic Johnson, the 2 "show time" leaders of the 80's,  
·      Michael Jordan, a guy called "God" by mister Bird,
·   And Shaquille O'Neal (link to his statistics) & Tim Duncan, the two most dominant  winners/players since Jordan's departure.

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