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Blazers Lead League in RPI (Winning % & Strength of Schedule)

NBA.com's team stats show the thru today, the Blazers have the highest RPI (Relative Percent Index) in the league. The RPI is an index that factors in a team's winning percentage and its strength of schedule. Their RPI is 0.674, higher than MIami (0.627), Chicago (0.627), and OKC (0.578), the favorites to win the NBA championship this year.

The Blazers having the best record in the West is well publicized. But did you know that they have played the 2nd hardest schedule to date? It is only minutely less difficult than the Clippers, who have the hardest Strength of Schedule. The Blazers have beat the 5th (Denver), 6th (OKC), and 7th (Lakers) best teams in terms of RPI, and lost only to the 4th best (Clippers).

The table below shows the RPI and SOS taken from http://espn.go.com/nba/stats/rpi today. It shows the ranking in terms of RPI and SOS. It also shows how far along in the range from bottom to top of each of these indices a team's metric is located. In other words, the top team is at 100% and the bottom team is at 0%, and this shows how far along this range each team is.

The Blazers are at 100% on RPI (the tops!) and 99% on SOS. So they've gone 5-1 while playing essentially the toughest schedule the league. At the other extreme, Washington hasn't won yet and has played almost the easiest schedule (11%): shows why they needed a team meeting. Among the other surprise teams this year, Denver has had a fairly tough schedule (77%), while Indiana (54%) and Philadelphia (55%) have had average schedules.

GO BLAZERS!!!!

The RPI is calculated as 25% winning percentage and 75% strength of schedule, where strength of schedule is composed of 2/3 opponents' winning percentage and 1/3 winning percentage of opponents' opponents. Here's the table:

Relative Percent Index Strength of Schedule
Team RPI Rank RPI RPI Range SOS Rank Strength of Schedule SOS Range
Portland 1 0.674 100% 2 0.621 99%
Miami 2 0.627 88% 9 0.544 74%
Chicago 3 0.619 86% 10 0.539 72%
LA Clippers 4 0.618 86% 1 0.623 100%
Denver 5 0.580 77% 11 0.535 71%
Oklahoma City 6 0.578 76% 13 0.532 70%
LA Lakers 7 0.566 73% 3 0.588 88%
San Antonio 8 0.552 70% 18 0.498 58%
Memphis 9 0.540 67% 7 0.554 77%
Dallas 10 0.535 66% 4 0.588 88%
Indiana 11 0.530 65% 21 0.484 54%
Detroit 12 0.521 62% 5 0.584 87%
Utah 13 0.517 61% 15 0.523 67%
Toronto 14 0.517 61% 16 0.523 67%
Philadelphia 15 0.517 61% 20 0.489 55%
Atlanta 16 0.511 60% 19 0.490 56%
Houston 17 0.505 58% 6 0.562 80%
Minnesota 18 0.493 55% 8 0.546 74%
Orlando 19 0.486 54% 26 0.410 29%
Sacramento 20 0.485 53% 17 0.522 66%
Charlotte 21 0.483 53% 12 0.533 70%
Golden State 22 0.476 51% 14 0.524 67%
Cleveland 23 0.435 41% 24 0.413 30%
New York 24 0.407 34% 22 0.431 36%
Phoenix 25 0.403 33% 23 0.426 34%
New Orleans 26 0.388 30% 27 0.406 27%
Boston 27 0.386 29% 30 0.324 0%
Milwaukee 28 0.376 27% 28 0.390 22%
New Jersey 29 0.346 19% 25 0.413 30%
Washington 30 0.268 0% 29 0.358 11%

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