There’s something wrong with John Hollinger’s NBA rankings

John Hollinger is ESPN’s NBA numbers guy, and I have a lot of respect for his approach. His Player Efficiency Rating is a good way to statistically compare players who play vastly different minutes.

Anyway, he debuted his NBA power rankings, and something weird is going on. Take a look at the top 10:

1. Lakers (6-0)
2. Hawks (6-0)
3. Hornets (4-2)
4. Celtics (7-1)
5. Cavs (6-2)
6. Pacers (3-3)
7. Jazz (6-1)
8. Suns (6-2)
9. Pistons (5-2)
10. Heat (4-3)

The Indiana Pacers are ranked #6?!?

While it’s true that the Pacers have played a hard schedule that included the Pistons, Celtics, Suns and Cavaliers, and they played all of those teams pretty tough (and even beat the Celtics by 16 at home), their two other wins were against the Nets and the Thunder. I don’t know what kind of formula he’s using to come up with these rankings, but there’s something wrong with one that has a 3-3 team ranked #6 with two wins against bottom-feeders like the Nets and the Thunder.

The other ranking that seems odd is the Miami Heat at #10. While it’s true that Miami has nice wins against the Spurs and 76ers, they also have losses to the Knicks and Bobcats. I do think Miami will make the playoffs; I’m not so sure about the Pacers.

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