When editors and writers at Wages of Wins were tasked with measuring the success of NBA teams, they took a different approach. Instead of looking solely at win-loss records, they developed an economics-based method that factored in coaching changes, regular season winning percentages, and the number of playoff home games. The results? Read on to learn about the five best NBA teams in the last 15 years.
5. Boston Celtics
It’s no secret that Boston is a sports town, and that the Celtics are a huge part of that trifecta. Bostonians — and other Boston fans — have reason to be proud. The Celtics have a 53.8 percent regular season winning percentage over the past 15 years; hosted 70 playoff games; and only had four coaches. The luck of the Irish?
4. Miami Heat
Miami has had a variety of trades and free agent signings over the past 15 years, which account for much of the team’s success. The Heat have won approximately 56.5 percent of their regular season games, and have hosted the third-most regular season games, at 82.
3. Dallas Mavericks
Unsurprisingly, the Mavericks are toward the top of the list; with a regular season win percentage of 64.0 percent over the past 15 years. They’ve changed coaches only three times, but perhaps a more significant change was when now-owner Mark Cuban bought the team in January of 2000, as Cuban largely helped to revitalize an ailing franchise.
2. Los Angeles Lakers
Amazingly, the Lakers have had nine — count them, nine — coaches in the past 15 years. Unarguably, some of the greatest successes came under Phil Jackson, who coached the team 11 out of the 15 seasons. Specifically, the Lakers won three straight championships, which helps give them the second-best record (64.4 percent) and has them tied for first in home playoff games (105.)
1. San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs’ establishment as the best team in the past 15 years comes with a variety of impressive numbers, including a 70.4 regular season winning percentage — the result of the franchise winning an average of 58 games a season for more than 15 years. Perhaps most impressive is that they’ve done this all under one coach.
Earlier, using the same measure, The 5 Worst NBA Teams in Recent History.