The Champs/Chumps Ratio, Revised

This post is an addendum (and minor correction) to last week’s Friday Feature, which introduced the concept of the Champs/Chumps Ratio to the DFR.

In that feature article, I noted in that the NBA’s Champs/Chumps ratio–within the timeframe limitation since 1975–would improve to 13 out of 30 (43.3%) with a Cavaliers win. What I failed to note was the fact that a Warriors win would also improve the Ratio. This was due to the fact that the time limitation was based on Golden State’s last championship; the Dubs, though they had previously won titles, were themselves not included in the recent champs.

The DFR logo with BasketballEven so, the NBA’s improved recent C/C Ratio still lags behind the other three pro sports leagues. (The all-time numbers don’t change, given the Warriors’ earlier championships.)

Perhaps more telling is a statistic cited on the crawl on NBA TV: with their fourth championship in franchise history, the Warriors  now stand alone, ranking fifth in all-time NBA championships. Let that sink in: a team that did not win a championship in forty years, by virtue of winning one more, now ranks number 5 on the list of total NBA championships. That lofty status was achieved with only 4 titles. Think about the number of teams in baseball, football, and hockey that have won four championships–in just the last 40 years, let alone all time.

Perhaps the Warriors’ victory will herald a new era in the NBA–one where more competitive balance opens up the championship possibilities to a wider field of teams. Unfortunately, history says otherwise.


Updated Champs/Chumps Ratio tables:

Table 1 — Total Champions by League

LEAGUE

NBA

NHL

NFL

MLB

Total Teams

30

30

32

30

Championship Winners

17

18

23

22

Percentage

56.7%

60%

71.8%

73.3%

Table 2 — Total Championships by League, 1976–present

LEAGUE

NBA

NHL

NFL

MLB

Total Teams

30

30

32

30

Championship Winners

13

16

15

20

Percentage

43.3%

53%

46.9%

66.6%

 

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