Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Regular Season champions of NBA and Streaks

In my previous article, I had talked about my distate for the way Regular season has been devalued by NHL and NBA. Unlike NHL, NBA does not vene give out a trophy for Regular season champions. A lot of articles have been written about the NBA winners. This article tries to shine light on the Regular Season champions in Wikipedia style.Data is from NBA HOOPS ONLINE.



First place by active teams

Latest Team Name
Regular Season Championships
Boston Celtics
18
Los Angeles Lakers
10
Philadelphia 76ers
7
San Antonio Spurs
6
Chicago Bulls
6
Golden State Warriors
5
Sacramento Kings
4
Washington Wizards
3
Detroit Pistons
3
Phoenix Suns
2
Inactive Teams
2
Portland Trail Blazers
2
Cleveland Cavaliers
2
Dallas Mavericks
2
Utah Jazz
2
Milwaukee Bucks
2
Oklahoma City Thunder
1
Indiana Pacers
1
Houston Rockets
1
New York Knicks
1
Miami Heat
1

The Celtics-Lakers domination is even more pronounced. No wonder so many team had to relocate in those years.

  • Hall of Fame goes to Miami Heat, formed in 1988 as an expansion team.
  • Hall of Shame goes to Atlanta Hawks, a team whose origins can be traced to the establishment of the Buffalo Bisons in 1946




NBA Regular Season Champion streaks


Team
Streak
Boston Celtics
9
Chicago Bulls
3
Golden State Warriors
3
Philadelphia 76ers
3
Cleveland Cavaliers
2
Los Angeles Lakers
2
Utah Jazz
2

Golden State and Kevin Durant are enjoying the unfair bounty of sudden increase in Salary cap.




Unlucky teams / The good teams the Playoffs shafted


These are the teams that lost the first round after leading the regular season. One of them, Washington Capitols, folded up. The rest seem to have learnt the lesson as they all have just one appearance in the list.
Team
Season
Oklahoma City Thunder
93-94
Dallas Mavericks
06-07
Chicago Bulls
11-12

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Regular Season champions of NHL and Streaks

NHL and NBA have a flawed system of playoffs. Both leagues have 30 teams in them. They both let 16 teams make the playoffs. That adds up to 53 percent of teams with a shot at capturing the overall crown. This makes the regular season less valuable. Playoffs are supposed to be special to get into, but when a league lets half its teams in, that waters down the honor. It also cheapens the system and devalues the regular season. The MLB by far has the hardest system to qualify for. Of the 30 teams in the league only ten (33 percent) move on. It used to be 27 per cent before Bud Selig decided to bring in one match drama. It is also no wonder that NBA and NHL are the two lowest leagues in terms of revenue. Since a regular season game does not matter much, spectators, (both the ticket paying and the TV watching kind) will not get you the revenue. No amount of playoff drama in the best of seven series will earn more revenue that that lost during regular season matches. Distracting with sellout streaks cannot hide the fact that those people did not pay a lot to get inside.

At least NHL recognized them with From 1938 to 1967 the Prince of Wales Trophy. The Presidents' Trophy is the current award.

Source: Wikipedia

Total Regular season winners
Most recent
Team
Total Cups
Most recent
23
1977–78
Montreal Canadiens
24
1993
18
2007–08
Detroit Red Wings
11
2008
13
2013–14
Boston Bruins
6
2011
9
1927–28
Ottawa Senators (original)
4
1927
6
1962–63
Toronto Maple Leafs
13
1967
4
2012–13
Chicago Blackhawks
6
2015
4
2014–15
New York Rangers
4
1994
3
1986–87
Edmonton Oilers
5
1990
3
1981–82
New York Islanders
4
1983
3
1984–85
Philadelphia Flyers
2
1975
3
2016–17
Washington Capitals
1
2018
2
2000–01
Colorado Avalanche
2
2001
2
1988–89
Calgary Flames
1
1989
2
1998–99
Dallas Stars
1
1999
2
2011-12
Vancouver Canucks
0

2
1912–13
Quebec Bulldogs (NHA)
2
1913
1
2006–07
Buffalo Sabres
0

1
1924–25
Hamilton Tigers
0

1
2017-18
Nashville Predators
0

1
2002–03
Ottawa Senators
0

1
1992–93
Pittsburgh Penguins
5
2017
1
2008–09
San Jose Sharks
0

1
1999–00
St. Louis Blues
0


The decline of the Canadian teams look even more dramatic here.
Hall of Fame goes to Nashville Predators.The club was founded in 1998.
Hall of Shame goes to Los Angeles Kings. The team was founded in 1967.