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-Kobe24-TJ19-
02-01-2014, 04:06 PM
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updated 1/15/14

here is the updated espn SOS rankings

http://espn.go.com/nba/stats/rpi/_/sort/SOS

thoughts? who's gonna fall? rise?

bholly
02-01-2014, 04:17 PM
Important to be aware of the limitations of this measure of SOS in determining how hard a team's schedule has actually been. AFAIK (because ESPN don't provide their formula), it just uses overall records rather than the applicable home/away records, and it doesn't take into account back-to-backs and travel schedules and the lengths of road trips and everything else.

The impact isn't negligible, either. An example is LAC and Houston - LAC have played 5 more road games than home games, while Houston have played 4 more home games than road games. That's absolutely more important than Houston having a .516 SOS compared to LAC's .506. Houston, on the other hand, have played two more pairs of back-to-backs than LAC, which also has an impact.
Point is there's a lost more to consider than just opponent win percentages, and much of it shows much greater discrepancies between teams than SOS does at this point in the season.

DubbyDubbs
02-01-2014, 04:34 PM
Toronto has been respectable so far with one of the best schedules. Let the good times roll the rest of the way with the easiest schedule! :cheers:

JLynn943
02-01-2014, 04:51 PM
Important to be aware of the limitations of this measure of SOS in determining how hard a team's schedule has actually been. AFAIK (because ESPN don't provide their formula), it just uses overall records rather than the applicable home/away records, and it doesn't take into account back-to-backs and travel schedules and the lengths of road trips and everything else.

The impact isn't negligible, either. An example is LAC and Houston - LAC have played 5 more road games than home games, while Houston have played 4 more home games than road games. That's absolutely more important than Houston having a .516 SOS compared to LAC's .506. Houston, on the other hand, have played two more pairs of back-to-backs than LAC, which also has an impact.
Point is there's a lost more to consider than just opponent win percentages, and much of it shows much greater discrepancies between teams than SOS does at this point in the season.

Yeah, SOS has serious limitations. It also has no way of dealing with win/loss streaks or injuries as far as I know. Using raw W-L can't tell you that a team got lucky and played against another team while they were down a player or two, nor can it tell you that they played a team early in the season before that team got better (like Toronto) or before they hit a slump.

People also like to use it as if it can show some type of conspiracy or something. I see that a lot in football especially. What people don't realize is that there 1) really isn't much flex in scheduling (other than dates, which have other circumstances to account for), it's a set of rules that determine who you play and how many times you play them, and 2) good teams have easier schedules because they don't have to face themselves and bad teams have harder schedules because they don't get to face themselves - their own W/L records don't get counted into the SOS.

still has value as a rough indicator of the quality of teams already faced versus the teams to be faced though

Cal827
02-01-2014, 05:23 PM
Raptors have been able to play well, despite having the hardest schedule of any team in the Eastern Conference :dance:

Now watch us **** up with the easiest remaining schedule lol

If the Nets can't get on a run now, then they are just bad.

Also, Indiana is overrated (just needed to piss off some fans with a post)

-Kobe24-TJ19-
02-01-2014, 05:30 PM
Raptors have been able to play well, despite having the hardest schedule of any team in the Eastern Conference :dance:

Now watch us **** up with the easiest remaining schedule lol

If the Nets can't get on a run now, then they are just bad.

Also, Indiana is overrated (just needed to piss off some fans with a post)


thanks for losing to us :sigh:

FriedTofuz
02-01-2014, 05:34 PM
Raptors have the easiest schedule? I have them as a 50-win Team, 3rd in the east. They could definitely put up a fight with miami for at least 6 games in the 2nd round.

Goose17
02-01-2014, 05:39 PM
Warriors have been dropping games to borderline D-league rosters. We need to play more high caliber talent, brings out the best in that squad.

mightybosstone
02-01-2014, 05:43 PM
Wow.... Houston had the 10th hardest schedule to start the year and have the 7th hardest schedule the rest of the way. Gotta love the ****ing Western Conference. :sigh:

Chronz
02-01-2014, 05:46 PM
Gotta love that Western Conference, nobody gets a break

mightybosstone
02-01-2014, 06:18 PM
The one really interesting team to follow on this chart will be Portland. After that hot start that surprised most of us (myself included), they've started to slip a bit lately. But considering they had the easiest schedule in the conference thus far and the second hardest the rest of the way, I wonder if they'll still be a top 3-5 seed by the end of the season. They're still most likely a solid playoff team, but I won't be surprised at all if they slip into that 6-7 seed range.

NoahH
02-01-2014, 08:20 PM
Explains why Utah is so bad? :shrug:

bholly
02-01-2014, 08:30 PM
Explains why Utah is so bad? :shrug:

Pretty much exactly why they were so bad. Started 1-14 with a 6/9 home/road split, and 12 of them against teams who're above 0.500. That was about as brutal of a schedule as you'll ever see.

Since then they're 14-15, so they aren't even really bad.

akesh99
02-01-2014, 08:36 PM
Pumped for my Raps' second half sched and impressed they've done so well so far given their difficulty

IversonIsKrazy
02-01-2014, 09:08 PM
Time for Spurs to step up and win the big games.

Bruno
02-01-2014, 09:46 PM
Miami is tied for third easiest schedule the rest of the way? .480 SOS.

FriedTofuz
02-01-2014, 09:55 PM
Raptors are winning the Titantic division