Let's throw some things together and see what comes of it. Teams will be ranked using 4 criteria:
Our first order of business will to be to convert all ratings to the same scale, which we will do by standardizing each rating. This will allow us to compare teams using all four of these variables while giving equal weight to each of them. Next, we will adjust to give slightly more weight to the FiveThirtyEight and Saurabhr ratings, of which we will only count games where a teams top 3 or so currently healthy players played. Let's get to it! The full table can be seen at the bottom of this post.
An excellent +9.3 net rating in games with PG, Kawhi, and Zubac.
A notch below the Clips, Lakers, and Nets in top-tier talent, but the sum of its part could make the difference.
Only 7th best net rating against top-tier teams, but solid by all other measures.
Have been pretty bad against the other elite teams this year, but have the best "healthy" net rating of all teams.
Solid by all measures, including second best net rating against top-tier teams.
Sport a very solid +4.5 in games without Jamal Murray.
Durant. Harden. Kyrie. Can they overcome the lack of familiarity?
Dragged down by their rating against top-tier teams, but many of those games came without LeBron and AD. Second best FiveThirtyEight rating and 4th best "healthy" net rating.
Solid by all metrics, great by none. Probably just a bit shy of talent outside of Luka.
Have been a different team since Nurkic came back from injury, but there's just not enough there to challenge the top dogs.
Solid overall but have not fared well against the top-tier teams this season, though the firepower could be enough to cause headaches for opponents.
+6.3. That's their net rating in games with Draymond and Curry, and without Wiseman this season.
Surprisingly solid in games without Jaylen Brown (+4.2 net rating) thus far and should be a tough out, though a lack of depth could really hurt.
The Knicks have been excellent since Derrick Rose came to town, sporting the fourth best "healthy" net rating amongst the playoff teams.
Have been horrible against top-tier teams this year, but should be a tough out if all of Dragic, Bam, and Butler are able to stay healthy.
Have been fairly decent against the top-tier teams this year, but the lack of overall talent is too much to overcome.
Have been abysmal without Derrick White this season.
One year away from being one year away.
No Warren, No Turner, No LeVert, No Playoffs.
*Rank = cumulative rank of 538, saurabhr, crafted, and partnow
*538 = 538 Team Rating (healthy players only)
*partnow = net ratings in games against teams with 44 wins or more
*saurabhr = net rating in games with best 3 players available (healthy only, i.e. no Jaylen Brown for Celtics)
*crafted = full season luck adjusted net rating
|Team||Rank||538||saurabhr||crafted||partnow||Saurabhr Players Used|
|Clippers||6.93||1765||9.3||2.6||0.2||Kawhi, PG, Zubac|
|Jazz||6.79||1694||8.2||6.2||0.9||Mitchell, Gobert, Conley|
|Bucks||5.97||1690||6.5||7.3||-0.7||Giannis, Middleton, Jrue|
|76ers||5.35||1713||10.1||5.3||-5.4||Simmons, Embiid, Harris|
|Suns||5.17||1657||5.9||5.4||1.7||Booker, Paul, Ayton|
|Lakers||3.35||1715||6.7||2.1||-4||LeBron, Schroder, AD|
|Mavericks||2.75||1610||3.8||2.9||2.5||Luka, Porzingis, Richardson|
|Trail Blazers||-0.25||1641||2.8||2.4||-6.4||Lillard, McCollum, Nurkic|
|Hawks||-0.35||1622||4.3||1||-5.6||Trae, Capela, Bogdanovic|
|Warriors||-0.64||1577||6.3||1||-6||Curry, Draymond - no Wiseman|
|Celtics||-1.01||1508||4.2||2.8||-2.9||Tatum, Kemba, Smart - no Jaylen|
|Grizzlies||-2.53||1514||1.1||1.8||-3.2||Ja, JV, Anderson|
|Knicks||-2.70||1530||7.4||-1.4||-7.7||Randle, Rose, Barrett|
|Heat||-2.83||1612||2.9||0.5||-10.2||Bam, Jimmy, Dragic|
|Wizards||-4.90||1479||-0.8||-0.6||-3.3||Westbrook, Beal, Bertans|
|Spurs||-9.66||1452||-8.2||0||-8.4||no White or Aldridge|
|Pacers||-10.55||1472||-10||0.4||-10.7||no LeVert, Turner, or Oladipo|
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