View Full Version : Rating the East vs. West

04-18-2002, 02:22 PM
Ok, this is just statistical exercise, and I recognize it is an extrapolation. That said I think it shows the disparity between the East and West.

Imagined what if the Mavs played in the East, what would their record be? So what I did was taking their winning % against the East X 54 games, and their winning % against the west X 28 games. I then did the following for every other playoff team in the West. Here are their mythical win totals.

Sac 63 Wins 1st in East
Mavs 60 Wins, 1st in East
Lakers 58 Wins, 1st in East
Spurs 56 Wins, 1st in East
Port 54 Wins, 1st in East
Min 53 Wins, 1st in East
Seattle 48 Wins, 4th in East
Utah 48 Wins, 4th in East

Probably comes at no great shock to those of you out there, but I thought it was an interesting study.

04-18-2002, 03:08 PM
Interesting stuff, grbh.

I wonder how the East teams would do if they played in the West....

04-18-2002, 08:49 PM
probably not too good...

04-19-2002, 01:00 AM
Actually i did that also, but did not post it. So here goes.

New Jersey 51 Wins, 5th in West
Boston 45 Wins, 7th in West
Orlando, 44 Wins, 8th in West
Detroit, 43 Wins, Golf Course
Indiana, 43 Wins, Six Flags Tickets
Charlotte, 41 Wins, Trip to Hilton Head
Toronto, 40 Wins
Philly, 39 Wins, Could get batteries thrown at you

Most amazing to me is the overall winning % of the top 4 playoff team in the East vs. the west overal
East: .500

The top 4 Western playoff team play .702 ball. The disparity to me is amazing.

04-19-2002, 08:35 AM
Great analysis grbh.

04-19-2002, 06:23 PM
i can't see new jersey winning 51 if they were in the west...remember now, they would be playing the western conference teams more..they'd probably end up with 43-46 or so..if that

and of course..every other eastern conference team's record would be much worse as well

04-20-2002, 10:30 AM
I don't know that they would either. This is just an exercise in stats. So I did take into account that they play West teams 4 times instead of 2. The Nets were something like 17-11 versus the West, so I took that winning % and extrapolated it over the 54 games that they would play in the West.

Naturally there is no way to know where any team would finish. Would the Lakers really win only 58 games in the East, probably not. I do, however, think it illustrates pretty well the disparity between the East and West.