NBA Team Parity

A few weeks ago we saw a graphic on NFL parity (how evenly matched the teams are). Inspired, we created our own graphic to show parity among NBA teams using all time head to head win-loss records. You read the chart clockwise, each team having bested the team in next position.

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A few weeks ago we saw a graphic on NFL parity (how evenly matched the teams are). Inspired, we created our own graphic to show parity among NBA teams using all time head to head win-loss records. You read the chart clockwise, each team having bested the team in next position.

NBA Parity Chart

The teams have obviously changed over time, making this a weaker case for parity than the NFL chart, but interesting none the less. For instance, the LA Clippers have a winning record against just one team in the NBA… The Charlotte Bobcats (7-5). The LA Lakers have a losing record to only two teams in the NBA, the Boston Celtics (195-151), and… you guessed it, the Charlotte Bobcats (5-7). Pretty crazy right? This may be the only thing other than Blake Griffin that Clippers fans can hold over the heads of Lakers fans.

I had a hard time finding teams with winning records against the Magic. They have not been around that long so this was surprising. Of the four 1988-89 expansion teams, Heat (938-980), Hornets (916-960), Wolves (711-1053), Magic (940-887), the Magic have the only winning record. I guess it helps to have had the two most dominant centers of the last two decades.

The Magic also have the distinction of being one of two teams that does not have a losing record to the Celtics, currently tied at 50 wins a piece. San Antonio is this only team with a winning record against the Celtics, at 40-38. I was not surprised by this as I grew up during the curse of Tim Duncan. The curse included an 18 game Spurs winning streak and a 17 year span of beating the Celtics in San Antonio. On the bright side, the Celtics are a mere 3 wins away from having a winning record against every team in the league, something we may see this season.

In building the parity chart we needed to find the win/loss record for every franchise vs every other franchise. We could not find this information in one convenient location on the web. We ending up getting help from Randy at shrpsports.com and building this matrix for easier reference. Hope you enjoy both charts, extra credit to anyone who wants to send us a parity chart for this season. If you are not comfortable making the chart, send us the win/loss records and we will make one for you (giving you credit of course for the data). As a warning, building the franchise parity chart was like doing Sudoku on crack, so be warned.