Friday, May 20, 2016

The NBA's All-Time "Defense First" Teams


Bill Russell and the 1960's
Boston Celtics dominated defensively

Searching through the database of pro-basketball teams you find that shooting correlates very well with winning.  While it's great for a coach to run out five good scorers there have been a handful of NBA teams who won big despite piling up bricks.  

We looked for the worst shooting teams who also won 60% of their games in a season.  Here they are sorted by lowest True Shooting+ (points/100 true shot attempts, adjusted for league average) along with their winning percentage and shooting from the floor alone (EFG% +).

It's not too shocking that Bill Russell's Celtics teams dominate the list.






EFFECTIVE


WINNING PCT. TRUE SHOOTING+ FIELD GOAL% +
1968 Minnesota Muskies* 64% 93 95
1964 Boston Celtics 74% 95 95
1961 Boston Celtics 72% 96 96
2000 Philadelphia 76ers 60% 96 96
1947 St. Louis Bombers+ 62% 96 98
1999 Atlanta Hawks 62% 96 93
2013 Memphis Grizzlies 68% 96 95
1963 Boston Celtics 73% 96 97
2007 Cleveland Cavaliers 61% 96 98




EFFECTIVE


WINNING PCT. TRUE SHOOTING+ FIELD GOAL% +
1965 Boston Celtics 78% 97 97
1966 Boston Celtics 68% 97 96
1955 Syracuse Nationals 60% 97 97
1979 Seattle SuperSonics 63% 97 96
1976 Cleveland Cavaliers 60% 97 99
1999 Orlando Magic 66% 97 98
1960 Philadelphia Warriors 65% 97 100
2013 Indiana Pacers 61% 97 96
1972 Golden State Warriors 62% 97 97






+ BAA



* ABA