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.

4 responses to “About

  1. Dan Medsker

    The “Goat” would be Shawn Kemp Came in as a 20 yr old Phenom in 1990, but he didnt screw up as early as the Goat. Jordan called Kemp the greatest physical b-ball specimen. ESPN; This might have been the only series in Michael Jordan’s career in which he wasn’t the best player on the floor. Although the Bulls still won in a relatively easy six games, Kemp was a force of nature throughout.
    Reign Man averaged 23.3 points, 10.0 boards and two blocks, and shot 55.1 percent for the series. He did this, mind you, against the greatest team of all time, showcasing his freakish athleticism along with a surprisingly smooth midrange J and seemingly stamping himself as a superstar for the next decade.
    As we all know, it didn’t quite turn out that way for Kemp, but his was one of the best performances ever by a player on a losing team.

    BESIDES THE DUNKS HE NEVER GETS CREDIT FOR BEING #2 in O rebounds 91-97 and #5 in boards in the same period. Top 3 in playoff reb. categories 5 times. #1 in blocks in 96 playoffs. this leads to the things that hindered other stats. I love GP, but his 6 assts per game at the point and being top 2 scorer, takes away from Kemps opportunities, but good for the team. GP’s scoring was aided by the fact Defenses didn’t want to be Posterized by GP to Kemp ally oops, so no D help from Kemps defender when GP drove.
    Further Kemp took on the greatest PF’s of all times in the 90s, and since the rarely had a true center he had to step up to guard Hakeem, Robinson, etc…
    Like the Goat so naturally talented at an early age, sometimes takes away from the dedication and …………91-97 in Seattle He compared w/the greats (Malone and Barkley) 96 playoffs he was the best in the game vs Hakkem, Malone, Rodman etc.
    Remember Pippen was almost traded for Kemp…would Pippen sonics have done as well vs the Bulls in 96?

    • Well, to answer your question, I don’t think Pippen’s hypothetical Sonics would have reached the Finals in 1996. But, because we are talking about basketball we always have to remember that it is a team sport. Great individuals, such as Kemp and Pippen for example, can make the difference in a team but it is always about team effort and having the right pieces at the right time. Replacing Kemp with Pippen would have made the Sonics very weak close to the basket, Schrempf was not a power forward and their centers were not especially good. So, I think that they would have lost to the Rockets or the Jazz and never reach the Finals. But if the Bulls traded Pippen and Rodman, to Sonics for let’s say Schrempf and Kemp, then I think things would have been different and it would have been a very interesting development. Of course, again, you have to think of team chemistry and coaching, I think Phil Jackson would have been able to make Kemp, Schrempf and Jordan coexist and cooperate very well but I cannot say the same for Rodman and George Karl’s Sonics and not because of Karl’s ability as a coach. Anyway, there are so many ‘ifs’ that will never be answered completely. One last thing, do not forget that Jordan in 1995-96 was not exactly MJ the GOAT, but something between MJ the GOAT and a guy that was playing baseball for almost the past two years.

  2. Michael Hafen

    Jordan the best player ever?

    Michael Jordan 13 triple doubles
    Magic Johnson 27 triple doubles.

    The indiviual stats count, not the championships.


    • Thanks for the comment. However I am not sure I follow your logic. According to what you say and if triple doubles is the main criterion then it would be fair to say that Westbrook is the best player ever!!! Is this what you are saying?

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