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Can you name the NBA franchises in order of greatness*?
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*ESPN created a formula to determine franchise greatness: the link has all the details but it's basically Ws+(Playoff Ws*2)+(Playoff Series Ws*4)+(All-Stars*2)+(Titles*30)-(Relocations*150)/Seasons
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Jun 20th, 2010 at 06:44 GMT
ESPN is horrible at making lists...Pistons 15th? Knicks 17th? Bullets 23rd?
Jun 20th, 2010 at 07:39 GMT
ESPN's formula needs some tweaking. Much more weight needs to be given to championships.
Jun 20th, 2010 at 09:05 GMT
Yeah Suns and Jazz? What are they thinking having them up that high?
Jun 20th, 2010 at 09:53 GMT
Despite the above comments, I tihnk ESPN's formula is quite good. It means that teams that have spent a lot of the time a bit rubbish (Knicks) is not above teams like the Suns and Jazz that have been fairly consistently good. The only one (as far as I got) that felt unfair was the pistons which i expected to be a lot higher.
Jun 20th, 2010 at 12:49 GMT
I know I'm going to sound like the bitter Celtics fan now lol, but 17-16 and 9-3 head to head still seems like the better franchise to me....
Jun 20th, 2010 at 13:35 GMT
celtics should be #1 imho
Jun 20th, 2010 at 13:40 GMT
Interesting, but the Magic at 9 seems waaaaaaay high. Agree about the Pistons, and to a lesser extent the Knicks. Reading the article, where the formula goes astray is the subjective "intangible" category, where for some reason the lakers get 100 more points than the Celtics. And the 76ers were given the same amount as Boston. That, and in any formula, the Clippers should be last.
Jun 20th, 2010 at 14:01 GMT
I kept typing Pistons for every one from like 6 down, way underrated as a franchise going all the way back to Fort Wayne where they had success also.
Jun 20th, 2010 at 14:54 GMT
Celtics should be #1. They have the most titles in history and the lakers hardly ever beat the celtics in the finals, although they did it this year.
Jun 20th, 2010 at 15:33 GMT
It'd be nice to know what the answers are without having to do the quiz over and over...
Jun 20th, 2010 at 15:48 GMT
lakers one less title (if you dont count their NBL one) and 11 more conference titles, 4 more division titles, and 9 more championship appearances
Jun 20th, 2010 at 16:13 GMT
Bitter Celtic fans are we? Don't worry you can start squawking about the Red Sox and Patriots now.
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Jun 20th, 2010 at 16:25 GMT
@eja82, that's the beautiful thing about Boston sports, we always have a team in contention 24/7/365.
Jun 20th, 2010 at 16:29 GMT
as a Boston hater, even I think the Celts should be higher than the Lakers. and how on earth did the Pistons drop so low? they were my first attempt for every answer starting at 5.
Jun 20th, 2010 at 16:46 GMT
Pistons and Warriors seem real low, Clippers should be below Grizzlies because they're awful, but the Grizzlies moved so that makes them worse apparently. Suns seem high too, great quiz structure though.
Jun 20th, 2010 at 18:49 GMT
I hate the format. I really want to know who's at the end of the list.
Jun 20th, 2010 at 19:49 GMT
@Boston fans: Wa wa wa, no respect for (insert team name here) wa wa wa!
Jun 20th, 2010 at 19:57 GMT
I knew I probably shouldn't have tried to post this quiz, cause I knew it would get awful ratings from everyone who didn't agree with the order of teams. Come on guys, don't shoot the messenger... I didn't make these up. They're just copied straight from ESPN. And if you click the link, it'll tell you all of the answers so you don't have to keep playing it.
Jun 20th, 2010 at 20:26 GMT
what a retarded list. i quit when the spurs - who only had one good era, who only won 4 titles during it, and whose good era was centered around a single player - were ahead of the bulls, who had one good era, who won 6 titles during it, and whose good era was centered around a single player. the bulls also won their 6/8 during a far superior time for the NBA. so it's a joke. but i should've quit when the lakers were ahead of the celtics. espn sucks.
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Jun 20th, 2010 at 20:27 GMT
also, lucas, you're not a messenger, you chose this list and decided to make a quiz from it. no one forced you. if you go out of your way to pick a bad list and use it as material for a quiz, it's going to get a low rating.
Jun 20th, 2010 at 20:39 GMT
make it to where you can click next shoudln't have to do it in order, but anyway the suns over the rockets is a joke
Jun 20th, 2010 at 20:43 GMT
this list really sucks wow rockets > jazz, suns, especially magic wtf
Jun 20th, 2010 at 22:21 GMT
i checked your reference here is the list according to ESPN: TOP 10 * No. 1: Los Angeles Lakers * No. 2: Boston Celtics * No. 3: San Antonio Spurs * No. 4: Chicago Bulls * No. 5: Phoenix Suns * No. 6: Philadelphia 76ers * No. 7: Utah Jazz * No. 8: Portland Trail Blazers * No. 9: Indiana Pacers * No. 10: Houston Rockets INSIDER * No. 11: Milwaukee Bucks * No. 12: Oklahoma City Thunder * No. 13: Detroit Pistons * No. 14: Miami Heat * No. 15: Orlando Magic * No. 16: New York Knicks * No. 17: Dallas Mavericks * No. 18: Denver Nuggets * No. 19: Cleveland Cavaliers * No. 20: Golden State Warriors * No. 21: New Jersey Nets * No. 22: Atlanta Hawks * No. 23: Washington Wizards * No. 24: New Orleans Hornets * No. 25: Sacramento Kings * No. 26: Minnesota Timberwolves * No. 27: Toronto Raptors * No. 28: Charlotte Bobcats * No. 29: Los Angeles Clippers * No. 30: Memphis Grizzlies
Jun 21st, 2010 at 01:02 GMT
@Gullek: The Clippers have moved--at least twice, from San Diego and Buffalo, I believe. The Grizz have earned that cellar. Although they might should have deducted points for Donald Sterling being a miserable human being.
Jun 21st, 2010 at 01:15 GMT
The quiz is fine. The format is awful - give us less time and let us guess at all of them.
Jun 21st, 2010 at 01:40 GMT
great quiz. saw this on espn today.
Jun 21st, 2010 at 02:39 GMT
Magic over the Pistons. You're kidding right?
Jun 21st, 2010 at 02:58 GMT
how can u have the Suns,Magic and Pacers so high?... they haven't won a Championship
Jun 21st, 2010 at 03:29 GMT
ESPN just hates Detroit. They are so bias against the Tigers and Pistons
Jun 21st, 2010 at 04:34 GMT
@Damo - I'm not sure where you got the list. The one I used, which says it was published June 18, 2010 (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2010/columns/story?columnist=hollinger_john&page=FranchiseRankings2010-Intro) has:the first 8 the same as your list, then No. 9: Orlando Magic No. 10: Houston Rockets No. 11: Indiana Pacers No. 12: Milwaukee Bucks No. 13: Oklahoma City Thunder No. 14: Miami Heat No. 15: Detroit Pistons No. 16: Dallas Mavericks No. 17: New York Knicks No. 18: Denver Nuggets No. 19: Cleveland Cavaliers No. 20: Golden State Warriors No. 21: Atlanta Hawks No. 22: New Jersey Nets No. 23: Washington Wizards No. 24: New Orleans Hornets No. 25: Sacramento Kings No. 26: Toronto Raptors No. 27: Minnesota Timberwolves No. 28: Charlotte Bobcats No. 29: Los Angeles Clippers No. 30: Memphis Grizzlies
Jun 21st, 2010 at 06:13 GMT
the list isn't bad, I'm a Bulls fan but I can understand why the Spurs are ranked higher. I like how you have to guess the teams in order. I wasted 2-3 minutes because I forgot about the Trail Blazers though :(
Jun 21st, 2010 at 20:13 GMT
thank you espn, for proving they no nothing about sports celts should be #1, beat the lakers 9 out of 12 finals and they won 8 in a row
Jun 21st, 2010 at 20:41 GMT
Terrible list the Bulls have 6 rings and the spur only have 4 the bulls should defiantly be ahead of the spurs
Jun 22nd, 2010 at 00:47 GMT
ESPN loves Steve Nash, so thats why the Suns are up there
Jun 22nd, 2010 at 12:58 GMT
ESPN's formula is wacky. The Suns are #5 despite zero championships? And the Pistons, with three championships, are ranked below the Suns, Jazz, Trail Blazers, Magic, Pacers, Bucks, Thunder, and Heat, who have a sum total of three championships between them? Wow, just stupid...
Jun 22nd, 2010 at 18:24 GMT
Quit whining about titles, they're not the only thing that matters in this list. The Jazz and Blazers have been making the playoffs consistently forever, why is that worth less than the Pistons, who have 4 titles but spent the majority of the 50s, 70s and 90s in the cellar? Also, the Magic making 2 title appearances and a few more conference finals appearances in 20 years of existence is damn impressive, they deserve their spot.
Jun 23rd, 2010 at 19:37 GMT
Some folks on here seem to know nothing other than championships. Take for instance the Bulls-Spurs argument. The Spurs have the 3rd highest win percentage of all NBA teams and have only missed the playoffs 4 times in their 34 years in the NBA. They have also won 17 division titles during that time, the most of any team. They have a steady line of great players from Gervin to Robinson to Duncan. Bulls fans should know that the only number they have over the Spurs is championships, and every accomplishment for that franchise took place during the Jordan-Pippen era. They only have 7 division titles in their 44 year history and have missed the playoffs 13 times since the Spurs joined the NBA. The Bulls have a .508 all-time winning percentage compared the Spurs .578. Chew on those numbers for a while.
Jun 23rd, 2010 at 21:46 GMT
No way the Bucks are a better franchise then the Hawks
Jun 26th, 2010 at 13:50 GMT
I'm not really sure it makes sense to penalize franchises for moving several decades ago when the league was in its infancy. Good quiz, though.
Jun 26th, 2010 at 13:59 GMT
What a dumb ****ing quiz. Magic over the Pistons? Really?!
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