Ranking NBA Champions since 1974
Since we have reached the All-Star break, I went back in NBA history and examined every champion since the modern statistical era began in 1974 using Win Score per game and Opposition Win Score per game to see if I could find any patterns that would allow me to predict who is most likely to win the NBA championship this season and who has little chance. I did indeed find some clear patterns among the champions, and I will reveal them in my next post.
For this post, I combined the percentage difference of each champions Win Score and Opposition Win Score per game average from the NBA per game average and then ranked them from first to 35th. Here are my rankings. Here is my raw data. ("Team Win Score per game" is essentially a measure of the team's offensive efficiency while "Opponents Win Score per game" essentially captures the team's defensive efficiency.)
Bulls were the best
Not only did the second Jordan threepeat Bulls score highest, their Finals opponents in those years had Win Score averages that would have ranked, I believe, all 3 of them among the top 10 championship teams of the modern era had they prevailed. There is little doubt, then, that according to my formula, the Jordan Chicago Bulls of the late 90s were the strongest NBA champions of the modern era.
Footnote: On the original post you could not access my "raw data". I have now corrected the problem. Sorry.