Let’s take a look at how teams stack up statistically at the All Star Break. Teams are sorted in order of offensive rating with the blue bar representing points per 100 possessions scored and the red bar representing points given up per 100 possessions. It is no surprise that Minnesota dominated in both categories with Los Angeles also scoring well. At the other end of the spectrum, San Antonio struggles offensively compared to every other team. New York continues to enjoy a strong defensive record while Indiana and Dallas bring up the rear.
Comparison to 2016:
With coaching and personnel changes in the offseason, let’s take a look at the difference in each category compared to the end of last season. The blue bar represents the change in offensive rating while the red bar represents the change in defensive rating with a positive number meaning fewer points given up per possession compared to last season. The green bar combines the two and measures change in net rating.
Minnesota led the league in both categories last season and their figures so far this season are even better than those marks. Los Angeles has increased their offense, but their defense has regressed, leading to an overall decline in net rating. The improvement of Connecticut and Washington in the standings can be seen clearly with their increases in both categories this year with Dallas also seeing positives in both numbers. Indiana on the other hand, has struggled in both offense and defense with such important changes. San Antonio may have the worst offense in the league at this point, but it is actually an improvement from last season’s mark, which was even further away from the second worst offense. Chicago had the second best offense a year ago, but now have the second worst as an improvement on defense was nowhere near enough to offset that on a net basis. [Read more…]