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Charting offensive and defensive rating for every NBA team

I have so new software that I hope will allow me to show data in better ways. This is my test run. A quick explanation of this chart:

  • The farther right a team is, the better its offensive rating.
  • The higher a team is, the better its defensive rating.
  • The axes represent the league average (106.8).
  • Teams in the top right quadrant are above average offensively and defensively.
  • Teams in the top left quadrant are above average defensively and below average offensively.
  • Teams in the bottom right quadrant are above average offensively and below average defensively.
  • Teams in the bottom left quadrant are below average offensively and defensively – and yes, this includes the Pistons.
  • You can also view the data by division. Just check below whichever division(s) you want to view.


  • Feb 23, 201012:37 pm
    by jon young


    I’ve been reading your site a lot lately. I really like how you did that chart, nice work. If you get a chance check out my blog. http://www.jflagrant2.com

  • Feb 23, 20102:44 pm
    by Brian


    I imagined that Utah’s defense would someday be ranked higher than their offense.

    • Feb 23, 20102:46 pm
      by Brian


      correction: I never imagined that Utah’s defense would be ranked higher than their offense.

  • Feb 23, 20102:45 pm
    by Aaron


    I agree with Jon,  cool chart and easy to understand.

  • Feb 23, 20104:31 pm
    by Kevin


    Good chart. I would suggest that you show a second table that’s ranked by the differentials between the two ratings.

  • Feb 23, 20104:53 pm
    by Royce


    Excellent chart. Well done Dan.

  • Feb 23, 20106:27 pm
    by khandor


    You mean like <h ref=”http://khandorssportsblog.com/wordpress/2010/02/23/most-efficient-teams-in-the-nba-pre-all-star-break/”>this</a>.

    Cheers :-)

  • Feb 23, 20109:18 pm
    by Damid


    Dear Khandor,
    HTML doesn’t work in the comments.  Go brag about your articles on your own website.
    Also, you’re an ass, no one likes you, and on behalf of all Raptors Fans I’d like to politely request that you f*** off and go flood Major League Soccer blogs with your doom-and-gloom and self-promotion.
    The internet

  • Feb 23, 201011:50 pm
    by Graham Simmington


    While we appreciate the help in trying to keep the comment section as spam-free as possible, let’s try to keep the discussion civil here.  After all, Dan and I review each comment after it’s posted and definitely have the ability to remove them if they don’t belong.

    Thanks, guys.  Now, back to telling Dan how awesome he is: great chart, buddy :)

  • Feb 24, 20101:26 pm
    by The Huge Deal



  • Feb 24, 20102:30 pm
    by Nick


    Go Southwest division consistency!  The center of the chart is locked down.

  • Feb 24, 20105:59 pm
    by mat


    Nice looking graph.

  • Nov 3, 20108:09 pm
    by justin.w


    awsome graph dude your like some computer or something!!!!!!!!!

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