How to publish a ‘Best of’ list in a hurry
The best of the best is usually the best of everything, but that’s not always the case.
When it comes to lists like the NBA, soccer, or MLB, the game is full of winners and losers, but how do you decide who is the best?
For the NBA this season, we can look no further than the Cavaliers’ Cavaliers, who are ranked No. 2 in the ESPN 100 list of the top 100 teams.
But how does the team with the most wins in the past four years do when it comes time to make the final cut?
How does the Cavs fare when it came to ranking in the Top 10 in the NBA?
And why are the Cavaliers considered the best team in the game, despite only being the league’s third-best team?
We’ll go over the numbers behind this ranking, how teams stack up when it’s all said and done, and which teams will be the next best.
LeBron James & Co. In the past two seasons, the Cavs have averaged 105.8 points per game.
If you want to know what LeBron’s average season is, just check out this graph.
The Cavaliers have never missed the playoffs in Cleveland, going back to the 2012-13 season.
The Cavs have only missed the postseason once in their entire history.
LeBron’s teams have won 11 titles in his five years as an NBA head coach, which is a mark tied with Steve Kerr for the second-most among active coaches behind only Magic Johnson’s 11.
LeBron has never won more than 16 games in a season, which was the third-most of any coach since his days with the Detroit Pistons (15).
LeBron leads the league in assists, rebounds, steals, and blocks.
LeBron is the only active coach to lead his team to consecutive NBA championships.
The only two coaches to have a longer winning streak in the league are Gregg Popovich (17) and Byron Scott (16).
LeBron averaged 26.8 assists per game in his last two seasons as an active head coach.
LeBron averages 21.4 points per 100 possessions while shooting a career-best 37.7 percent from the field and 42.7 from beyond the arc.
The NBA has only seen six players with at least 1,000 3-pointers, but LeBron has shot over 1,500.
LeBron shoots 47.2 percent from beyond three feet, the fourth-highest mark in the history of the league.
LeBron makes more 3-point shots per game than any other player in NBA history, a mark that has never been surpassed.
The most points LeBron has scored against any team in NBA History is 44.
LeBron also ranks second in field goal percentage (.538) and third in free throw percentage (.631) and has made over 1.3 million free throws in his career.
LeBron was named MVP of the 2016 NBA All-Star Game.
The Cleveland Cavaliers won five titles in a row from the 2015-16 season to the 2017-18 season.
The LeBron James-led Cavs have a record of 12-5 when winning their first 11 games of the season.
LeBron won MVP of his fifth season as a head coach last season.
LeBron and his teammates are tied for the third most wins with three other NBA coaches (Shaun Livingston, Steve Kerr, and Scott).
LeBron led the Cavaliers to a 26-game winning streak from March 1 through the end of the regular season, the longest such streak in league history.
LeBron holds the franchise record for most consecutive games with at or under 20 points.
LeBron posted his highest assist total in the franchise history in 2017-2018.
The two players who are tied with LeBron for most 3-pointer attempts are Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.
LeBron ranks third in the all-time games played list with 2,084.24 minutes played.
LeBron recorded his second triple-double of the year on Sunday against the Golden State Warriors.
LeBron scored over 20 points in 17 consecutive games, which matched the longest streak by an active NBA head-coach.
LeBron made more 3s than any player in the 2016-2017 season.
LeBron shot 50.7% from the floor in the 2017 NBA All Star Game, the third highest mark in league annals behind only Steph Curry (57.1%) and Kevin Durant (58.8%).
LeBron ranked first in the MVP voting in 2017.
LeBron finished with a triple-digit scoring average in each of his first three seasons in Cleveland.
LeBron tied for first in scoring as a rookie in 2020, with 26.4 ppg.
LeBron had his second double-double in his rookie season, with 25 points and 17 rebounds.
LeBron added four