The 2010-2011 regular season is over, and out of curiosity I wanted to quantify this season’s biggest pleasant surprises and disappointments. In order to set a proper benchmark, I looked at the preseason over/under win total from bodog.com and compared that with the total games each team ended up winning. Without further ado below are the teams that exceeded expectations.
First on the list are the Chicago Bulls, who won 62 games compared to the preseason prediction of only 46.5 wins. There is a reason that Tom Thibodeau is projected to be the coach of the year according to espn.com. In fact all six of the coaches that received votes coached teams that are on the above list.
On the other side of the NBA are the most disappointing teams. It isn’t that surprising for Jazz fans that the Jazz are on the list and actually rank as the 2nd most disappointing team behind the Cavs and tied with the Bucks.
Jazz fans don’t need an excel grid to tell you this season has been a disappointment, but I wanted to quantify how disappointing this year has been, especially compared to other teams. The Jazz fell short of hitting the over on their win total by 11 games. It is clear from the above that only Cavs fans can claim to have had a worse year than the Jazz and even then I would make the argument that dropping from a playoff contender to a lottery team is worse than going from a lottery team to one of the worst two teams in the league.