The Wild Wild West and a roster by roster breakdown

S. Quentin Quale: There’s only one law in the west: the law of blood and bullets. It’s either shoot or be shot. What are we gonna do?
Joseph Panello: Sue ’em!
S. Quentin Quale: I give you my solemn word as an embezzler I’ll be back in ten minutes.
S. Quentin Quale: Time wounds all heels.
-Three great quotes from The Marx’s Brothers “Go West”

Yesterday, I gave you the East. Today we go West (Standard Disclaimer: if you’re new, welcome, please be aware that we are powered by NerdNumbers and if you have questions you’ll need to go to the Basics, thanks in advance):

And while that’s really fun, It’s not new information.

But this is:

That ‘s a roster by roster breakdown by minutes played of the level of play for each team be it :

  • Superstar (>.300 WP48)
  • Star (>.200 WP48 & <.300 WP48)
  • Starter (>.100 WP48 & <.200 WP48)
  • Bench (>.000 WP48 & <.100 WP48)
  • D-Leaguer (<.000 WP48)

What can we learn from this? From the bottom up we go. Minnesota, New Jersey, Cleveland, Sacrament0 and Washington have bad Rosters (but we knew that). Toronto is interesting because they have some spread of talent but they give a lot of bad players minutes. Charlotte, Milwaukee and the Knicks have done a good job of cleaning their rosters of dead weight. Phoenix has not. Philly has also cleaned up that roster.

Of the contenders, San Antonio has no wasted space on the Roster. LA and Boston are top heavy but lack Depth (injuries to Barnes, Perk, and West have not helped there). The Heat and Chicago should both be better after the All Star Break (two words :Noah and Miller). Orlando is deep but not top heavy (and that does not work in the playoffs) . Dallas, Atlanta and Memphis have too many scrubs (and are not getting love from me). Denver lacks star power (and is an altitude induced hallucination). The Hornets and OKC are too bottom heavy (and not top heavy enough) to be taken seriously.

Here’s to cool charts!

Chart of Google results for “X Y” (in quotes) (Image courtesy of And Yes I already Googled Zombie Jesus


  1. todd2
    February 15

    Very cool chart. Based on the assumption that some clubs aren’t aiming to win a title, can the data be used to develop a formula that avoids building a losing squad?

  2. […] I was planning a routine post where I looked at the Wins per 48 for all players in the NBA with the twist that I wanted to break it down month by month. The point of this exercise was to look  for players whose play is improving or dropping as the season was going along. My intent was to break it down along the lines of  the roster by roster breakdown of my last post: […]

  3. todd2
    February 16

    It had occurred to me that an astute gm could acquire 5 or 6 guys with WP48’s ranging from 100 to 200 and field a competitive squad relatively cheaply. Are there players in your starter range that fall under the radar and are bargains salary-wise?

    • February 16

      You’re going to make download all the salaries from Hoopshype, aren’t you? 🙂

      • todd2
        February 16

        Nah, just ruminating. What leads to the downfall of a franchise? Trying to hit a home run with the draft? Hanging on to aging veterans too long? How long should a team wait to blow up and rebuild? Phoenix seems to be a team that has been pretty proficient at shuffling their roster and keeping their heads above water over the years. What options will the Heat have if they don’t make it to the finals this year?

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