This blog is about the magic of the top basketball league on the planet. I have been a huge fan of the NBA since 1989. My favourite era is the 90s, which I believe it was the greatest era of NBA. Some of the greatest players played during that period and the Greatest of All Time (GOAT) played during that period as well and won everything; Michael Jordan. However, my favourite player was and still is David Robinson.
Rules for the top ten players ranking
The rules that apply on my decission to rank the top ten players in each position are quite simple. Every player in order to qualify for the top ten, except from his stats, his overall performance and my judgement, he had to be an NBA player for at least five seasons during the decade that starts from season 1989-90 and ends on season 1998-99.
Rules and calculation model for the top ten teams ranking
The same rule, like the one for the ranking of the top players, counts for the teams as well. This means that every team must have played at least 5 seasons throughout the 90s, from seasons 1989-90 to 1998-99. So, Vancouver Grizzles and Toronto Raptors will not be included, as they were added to the league at 1996. In order to find out which team was the best I thought of using a model that will show which team performed better during the 90s and it must focus on play-offs presence. On the other hand it must not be entirely unfair to the regular season records. So, I came up with the (famous) ‘sotirisf model’©, while I was having my evening coffee (it works well though). It is a simply point system, but the results are surprisingly accurate.
Points are assigned only to the teams that qualified for the play-offs. So, 8 teams from each conference which means 16 in total. The first seeded team of each conference gets 16 points and if its record is the best in the NBA it gets 4 extra points (20 in total). Of course there is only one team every year that gets 20 points. Then the second team for each conference gets 2 points less than the first, which means 14 points. It doesn’t matter if the first team of the conference had the best record in the NBA, the second team still, gets 14 points. Then the 3rd gets 12, 4th – 10, 5th – 8, 6th – 6, 7th – 4 and the 8th gets 2 points. Every team that advanced to the second round of the play-offs gets 20 additional points, every team that advanced to the Conference Finals gets 25 additional points, every team that qualified to the NBA Finals gets 35 additional points and finally the team that won an NBA title gets 50 additional points. So, the most points that a team can get in a single season is 150. For example:
1995-96 Chicago Bulls
Qualified 1st from the Eastern Conference (16 points) + best NBA record (4 points) + advanced to the 2nd round of 1996 play-offs (20 points) + advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals (25 points) + qualified to the NBA Finals (35 points) + won the NBA Title (50 points) = 150 points
Using the ‘sotirisf model’© I found that the Chicago Bulls was the best team in the NBA during the 90s. What a surprise? They actually scored 1003 points and the second best team, which was the Utah Jazz (that was a bit surprising, just a bit though) scored 455 points. As you will see the model worked just fine because the Bulls were indeed the best team of the 90s, by far, and dominated the Eastern Conference. But another important aspect that the model pointed out was the balance of forces that existed in the western conference, as you can see 7 of them made the top ten. Anyway, enjoy and please share your views and opinions.
All-90s Teams Selection Process
The players for each all-90s team have been selected using three basic rules (criteria):
i) Each of the players should have played three or more seasons for a team during the 90s, ii) Each team must have two players in each position and two more extra subs (a total of 12 players) and each player selected should have played that position throughout the 90s iii) if the first two criteria are matched then each player can be included to as many teams as possible (e.g. Detlef Schrempf matches the criteria for both the Pacers and the Sonics so he was included in both of these teams).
The criterion of the three years presence in the same team is important because it means that the player reminds us of this team and this is my own perspective and I came with that because when I think for example of Tim Duncan I definitely do not think of the 90s’ Spurs, even though he played two seasons for them and was their MVP in the championship season (1998-99). I can think of more examples like Chris Mullin, when you think of him you think of Golden State Warriors and not the Pacers (he played two seasons for the Pacers in the 90s and played two times in the Eastern Conference Finals) or Dennis Rodman and so on.
Finally, you can find a little bit about myself here.